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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).

Food Spoiled by Outage? Find Immediate Meals or CalFresh Benefit Replacement

If you need food immediately

Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has emergency food boxes (including free bread and produce) for anyone in need. Visit one of the many distribution sites on the website: REFB Food Distribution sites listNote: The Santa Rosa Veterans Building site is closed while the PG&E Community Resource Center is there.

REFB is at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, (707) 523-7900.

Help REFB supply emergency food by bringing to the office:

  1. new food donations and
  2. food that is about to spoil (no open cans or bottles) that will be distributed to partner agencies the same day. Volunteers to help pack food are welcome too.

You may be eligible for replacement CalFresh benefits

If you purchased food with CalFresh that spoiled because your power was out, apply for replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss. Funds will be added to EBT cards within two working days.

How to apply:

  • Visit: Economic Assistance, 2550 Paulin Dr., Santa Rosa
  • Phone: the Call Center, (877) 699-6868
  • Mail: Economic Assistance, P.O. Box 1539, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
  • Fax: Economic Assistance at (707) 565-5252

Free Food and Fresh Produce
Comida y Productos Frescos Gratis

Redwood Empire Food Bank will offer free Groceries to Go for families and individuals needing food assistance.
Where:  Economic Assistance, 2550 Paulin Ave., Santa Rosa  Google Maps™ Directions
When:  9–11 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Bring your own bags and carts. 

*** Special Extra Tuesday Groceries to Go on October 10, 9:30am -12:30pm at the Paulin office.
For information, call Food Connections Office, (707) 523-7903

El Redwood Empire Food Bank ofrecerá Groceries to Go gratis para familias e individuos en necesidad de asistancia de comida.
Adonde: Assistencia Economica, 2550 Paulin Ave., Santa Rosa Google Maps™ Directions
Cuando: 9–11 a.m. el 2do jueves de cada mes. Traiga bolsas y carritos.

*** Especial martes extra comestibles para ir el 10 de octubre, 9:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. en la oficina de Paulin.
Para más informacion, llame a la Food Connections Office, (707) 523-7903

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.
  • Residents who receive SSI or SSP.
  • 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

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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