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Food & Nutrition Benefits

CalFresh stretches your food budget

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CalFresh gives you monthly benefits on an ATM-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, that you can use to purchase food.

calfresh ebt cardThe CalFresh card can be used instead of money for food at grocery stores and many local farmers markets. The benefits help you afford to buy the groceries you need to be healthy.

Known as CalFresh in California, this food and nutrition program is part of a federal government program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

May CalFresh Benefits to Arrive May 1; April Benefits Added March 22

Eligible CalFresh beneficiaries will receive May EBT funds on a single day, Monday, May 1.

The State of California Department of Social Servicesnormally issues benefits on EBT cards on the 1st through the 10th of each month. 

However, April benefits were issued to Sonoma County CalFresh recipients early, on March 22. To shorten the period between monthly benefits being added to EBT cards, the State is issuing May benefits early. 

CalFresh recipients may want to budget these early benefits so they stretch until May benefits arrive. We encourage clients to seek help at local food banks if needed.

Who May Be Eligible?

  • All U.S. citizens who are residents of Sonoma County who meet the guidelines. 
  • Children born in the United States, regardless of where the parents were born. 
  • Immigrants who are legal permanent residents, victims of trafficking, U-visa applicants and holders and others may be eligible.
  • Seniors, students and people who meet the other CalFresh guidelines (in English and Spanish). 

For details about eligibility and income rules in English and Español, you may want to visit the California Department of Social Services website.

Current CalFresh Clients

Even if you've had CalFresh for a while, benefits and rules can change. It's important that you keep in touch with us, and check this site for new information. 

  • Visit Renew Your Benefits to learn how to keep your CalFresh benefits ongoing or make changes to your home address or income.
  • Visit Use Your Benefits for a list of what you can buy with CalFresh, and how and where to use your benefits. 
  • Check CalFresh Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers about your benefits. Here are two FAQs that many clients ask:

How do I check my CalFresh Card balance amount?

Using your card number, check online at mybenefitscalwin.org or call (877) 328-9677.

How do I replace a damaged, lost or stolen CalFresh Card?

Using your card number, check online at mybenefitscalwin.org or call (877) 328-9677.

Contact Information

Economic Assistance
Human Services Department
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Santa Rosa

2550 Paulin Drive (Main Office)

520 Mendocino Avenue (current clients)

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465026, -122.721484
Petaluma Office
5350 Old Redwood Highway

Suite 100

Petaluma, CA 94954
38.278495, -122.668033

Drop off paperwork at any office or mail to:

Economic Assistance

P.O. Box 1539

Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Apply for CalFresh

Apply Online
In English and Spanish

Apply by Phone
Dial 2-1-1 from any phone

Apply in Person
Visit our the Economic Assistance office 8 AM - 5 PM

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