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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 sufficient, healthy food to meet your household’s needs.

EBT Debit 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:

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

Your EBT 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.

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
Application made easy

Three simple ways you can apply for CalFresh assistance:

1. Online
2. In person
3. Call a DPSS office
  • Call 1-877-410-8827 and request an application be sent to you by mail.
  • Have your zip code ready to dial when prompted.

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 (3) 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

If buying food to prepare at home is not an option, you may qualify for Riverside Country’s Restaurant Meals Program. This allows you to use your CalFresh benefits 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: