CalFresh

Interpretive services for languages other than English are available upon request.

Supplemental Emergency CalFresh Allotments for Current Customers

California was approved to provide emergency CalFresh allotments to existing for various months. The emergency allotments raise each household’s monthly CalFresh allotment to the maximum allowable benefits based on household size. 

Food Assistance: Apply Now!

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 Benefits 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 website.

You can use your EBT card to make purchases online. See our main page for more information about EBT.

Individuals and families can purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart. If you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at Walmart.

CalFresh benefits cannot be used to pay delivery fees, but both Amazon and Walmart offer free delivery with grocery purchases of $35 or more.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information

CalFresh Time Limits for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs): Learn more about work rules for some CalFresh applicants without dependents.

Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Recipients can receive CalFresh benefits if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

How Do I Apply for CalFresh?

Applying for CalFresh is easy! We can even accept an application with just your name, address, and signature. You can apply online, in person, by mail or by fax. Call us at (707) 253-4511 if you need help.


      1. Get an application
      2. Fill out your application – Filling out the whole application if you can as it helps us make a speedy determination, but if you’re in a rush, you can start the application process with just your name, address and signature.
      3. Return your paper application
        • Drop it off at one of our offices - you can come inside or use a dropbox.
        • Mail it to us at: 
          Self Sufficiency Services
          2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
          Napa CA 94558
        • Fax it to us at: 
          707-253-6095

Eligibility

Here are some of the things we look at when seeing if you may qualify for CalFresh:

  • Are you within program income limits? (See FAQs for income table)
  • Are you a U.S. citizen? or Are you a Legal Permanent Resident?
  • Who do you buy and cook your food with?

Emergency Benefits - You may be eligible to get CalFresh benefits in 3 days if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Your household’s monthly gross income (income before deductions) is less than $150 and your cash on hand or in checking or savings accounts is $100 or less or
  • Your household’s housing costs (rent/mortgage and utilities) are more than your monthly gross income and cash on hand or in checking or savings accounts or
  • You are a migrant or seasonal farmworker household with less than $100 in checking or savings and 1) your income stopped, or 2) your income has started but you do not expect to get more than $25 in the next 10 days or
  • You are a resident of a domestic violence shelter or are on the waiting list for a domestic violence shelter
Local Food Resources – Visit Feeding it Forward’s Food Resource page to see a food resource guide and calendar for Napa County. 

Proof

You don’t need anything to apply for CalFresh.  At the interview, an eligibility specialist will tell you what we need to see if you can get CalFresh benefits.  Your worker may ask you for things like:

  • Identification (does not need to be a picture identification)
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of any income
  • Proof of expenses - rent, childcare, child support paid, medical expenses, etc.