Economic Assistance Division
Low-income individuals and families with children, disabled or unemployed persons, children in foster homes and former foster youth can apply for government benefits such as:
Celebrate CalFresh Month in Sonoma County
CalFresh Awareness Month events will help spread the word about this government food and nutrition program that helps low-income families, individuals and seniors stretch their food budgets at grocery stores and farmers markets.
Join the community and family-friendly activities across the county, including:
- health and wellness events at farmers markets,
- a social media photo contest at hashtag #freshestcalfreshsoco, and
- an increase in the daily maximum of market match to $20 at participating farmers’ markets.
Partners in this celebration include: Petaluma Bounty, Farmers’ Market LIFE, Sonoma County Human Services and Health Services departments, Center for Well-Being, Market Match Consortium, Berkeley Ecology Center, Petaluma Health Center, Redwood Community Health Coalition, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Petaluma Health Care District, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa and 2-1-1.
Beware: Scams to Steal EBT benefits
If you’ve received a text, phone call or social media request asking for your confidential personal information, such as your CalFresh or EBT card number and personal identification number (PIN), contact Economic Assistance or Employment and Training right away.
We can help if your benefits are stolen, though they cannot be replaced.
Sonoma County and the state NEVER text, call or post social media messages asking for your personal information. Remember, keep your benefits safe and DO NOT give out your social security number, EBT card number or PIN to anyone.
CalFresh (formerly the Food Stamp program) provides funds on an ATM-style card that you can use to purchase food at stores and farmers markets. Low-income households, including those who work for low wages, work part-time or are unemployed, those who are elderly or disabled may be eligible. Find out if about how to apply to stretch your grocery budget at sonomacalfresh.org or call 2-2-1 Sonoma County or Economic Assistance at (877) 669-6868.
If you already have CalFresh, learn how to keep and renew your benefits, check your card account balance, where to to buy food near you with your CalFresh card and more at sonomacalfresh.org or call (877) 669-6868.
Medi-Cal / Covered California / CMSP (County Medical Services Program)
There are many ways to apply for or renew your government health care coverage. Health insurance such as Medi-Cal, helps low-income residents pay for eligible medical, dental and emergency services, and prescriptions.
Medi-Cal or CMSP
Apply for the low- or no-cost Medi-Cal health coverage or the County Medical Services Program year-round.
getcalfresh.org or mybenefitscalwin.og
- <a>2-1-1 (Dial 2-1-1 from any phone)
- <a>Economic Assistance (877) 699-6868 (toll free)
- State of California at (800) 300-1506
Download and print the re-certification form. Mail the completed form to:
Sonoma County Human Services Department
PO BOX 1539, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
To get Covered California health insurance, most residents must wait until the open enrollment period in the fall.
If you have specific life changes (such as marriage or the birth of a child), you may be able to get Covered California immediately, even outside the open enrollment period. Apply with the State of California:
- Online: CoveredCA.com
- By phone: <a>(888) 975-1142, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 8 PM, and Saturday, 8 AM - 6 PM.
General Assistance Program
2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa
For an in-person appointment: (877) 699-6868
Provides assistance with shelter, food and employment services for disabled or unemployed residents, who are not supported financially by friends, family or any private or public assistance program. You must apply in person.
Never provide personal information to callers claiming to be from the SNAP toll-free information hotline. Calls may be an attempt to steal your identify. If you get calls that concern you, you may file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission/Consumer Information.