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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).

EBT Cards Won't Work June 23, 2018  and June 24, 2018. Plan Ahead!

From 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, you will be unable to use your benefits for food or cash on your EBT card.

Plan to shop or get cash for the time the state system id down. After 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, you will be able to use your EBT card again.

Also unavailable:

  • EBT Customer Services telephone number from 11:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018.  During this time, you cannot talk to EBT Customer Service. 
  • EBT client website at ebt.ca.gov from 10:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, until 11:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018.  During this period, you will be unable to log in to the EBT web site.

 For more info, contact Customer Service and access EBT client website at ebt.ca.gov– in English and Spanish, or download the flier in several languages.

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 Spanish, you may want to visit mycalfresh.org.

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

In Santa Rosa

2550 Paulin Drive (Main Office)

520 Mendocino Avenue (current clients)

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465026, -122.721484

In Petaluma
South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway, #100

Petaluma, CA 94954
38.27827, -122.66796

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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