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CalFresh Food Assistance

Your food, your power

CalFresh puts food-buying power into the hands of working-class households. With CalFresh, you can buy healthy food to meet your household’s needs. Click on the links below to learn about eligibility, how you can apply and about our Restaurant Meals Program.

Ways to Apply

Four simple ways you can apply for CalFresh assistance:

1. Online
2. In person
3. By Mail
  • Call 1-877-410-8827 Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and request an application be sent to you by mail, or
  • You may download an English or Spanish application from the California Department of Social Services website.
4. By Fax
Minimum Requirements to file an application for CalFresh are:
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • The signature of a responsible member of the household or authorized representative

If you would like help filling out your CalFresh application or to participate in an interview, you may appoint an Authorized Representative (AR). This individual would need:

  • Access to your personal information
  • Your permission to make decisions on your behalf

You could receive your CalFresh benefits as quickly as three days if your household:

  • Has a monthly gross income less than $150 and less than $100 in liquid resources
  • Has a combined monthly gross income and liquid resources that are less than the household’s monthly rent/mortgage and utilities
  • Is a migrant household with less than $100 in liquid resources
  • Is a seasonal farmworker household with less than $100 in liquid resources

Note: Interpretation services are available in all languages.  Reasonable accommodations are available.

Basic Eligibility
Generally, you may be eligible for CalFresh if you:
  • Receive CalWORKs or General Assistance
  • Have low or no income
  • Are a United States (U.S.) citizen or legal resident
  • Are an immigrant that meets certain criteria
  • Receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)
The amount of CalFresh benefits issued depends on:
  • Household size
  • Total gross monthly income
  • Housing, utilities, and other allowable income deductions

If you are unable to buy food to prepare at home, you may qualify for Riverside Country’s Restaurant Meals Program. The program allows you to use your CalFresh benefits, or your EBT card, to buy meals from participating restaurants, locally and statewide!

You may qualify if you are:
  • 60 years or older
  • Disabled
  • Homeless
Click on the links below to learn more:

EBT Card

If you are eligible for CalFresh assistance, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card. You can use your EBT card to buy food items at grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets.

Buy enough to feed your whole household!
Farmers Markets
  • Farmers Markets are a great source of fresh, locally farmed food.
  • Click on the following links for a list of Riverside Country farmers markets that accept CalFresh benefits: EnglishSpanish

Your EBT card works practically the same as a typical debit card! Find out more about EBT.

For more information about the CalFresh program, visit USDA Food and Nutrition Service.