CalFresh (Food Benefits)

WE ARE NAPA COUNTY

Health and Human Services Agency

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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is California's version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that provides assistance for households to purchase nutritious food. The program uses Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) to allow recipients to buy food (including seeds and seedlings to grow food) at retail stores and farmers markets using a plastic debit card. Visit the Official California CalFresh Site at http://www.calfresh.ca.gov.

 

Who May Be Eligible?

• US citizens (Except persons receiving SSI/SSP benefits)
• Legal Permanent Residents (Except persons receiving SSI/SSP benefits)

 

What Kind of Proof Do I Need?

While an eligibility worker can tell you exactly what you will need, You may be asked to provide things like:
• Identification (does not need to be a picture ID)
• Social Security number
• Proof of any income
• Proof of expenses - rent, childcare, child support paid, medical expenses, etc.

 

How Do I Apply for CalFresh?

There are several options available. You can apply online at www.C4Yourself.com, request an application be mailed to you, or pick one up at our office—2261 Elm Street, Napa CA 94559.

The Application Process
Step 1: Complete an application.
Step 2: Talk to a staff member and get an appointment.
Step 3: Have an interview (usually on the phone but can be in person if you choose).
Step 4: Turn in any proof we need (upload it, mail it, or drop it off).
Step 5: The Eligibility Worker sees if you are eligible for benefits. If you are, benefits are added to your EBT card. You can get a new card in the office or by mail if you need one.

Where Do I Turn In My Application?

  • Online at  www.C4Yourself.com  
  • C-IV mobile app - Apple or  Android  (Visit the C-IV YouTube Channel for how-to videos)
  • Mail or bring your completed and signed application to one of our offices
  • Call us for help - 707-253-4511
 

How Much Income Can I Have?

That depends on a lot of things including the number of people who buy and prepare food with you and what expenses you have. Now there are two gross income limits, but just one net income limit.  The net income limit is the most you can after we remove all allowable deductions from your gross income.  Most people qualify for Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE) and can have a higher GROSS income limit. A worker can tell you more about MCE-just ask!

Household Size

Maximum Gross Income MCE

Maximum Gross Income Non-MCE  

Maximum Net Income

 1

$1,980

$1,287

$990

2

$2,670

$1,736

$1,335

3

$3,360

$2,184

$1,680

4

$4,050

$2,633

$2,025

5

$4,740

$3,081

$2,370

6

$5,430

$3,530

$2,715

7

$6,122

$3,980

$3,061