Economic Assistance Division

Many low-income individuals and families with children, disabled or unemployed persons, children in foster homes and former foster youth can apply for benefits:

You may be eligible for Pandemic EBT

Who gets Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?

Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the months their school is closed. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use for food and groceries, just like a debit card. This benefit is in addition to their pick-up meals from the school and receiving P-EBT does not impact their ability to receive CalFresh benefits.

P-EBT is available to all eligible California families with school aged children, regardless of their immigration status. P-EBT is not the same as CalFresh or Food Stamps. P-EBT is an emergency food benefit and is similar to other benefits that immigration officials do not consider for public charge purposes.

Click here for information in Spanish

How to get P-EBT

Who does NOT need to apply 

If your family receives CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or CalWORKs benefits, you do NOT need to apply for P-EBT. The state will automatically mail you a P-EBT card with $365 per child between May 12 and May 22, 2020. Note: You may not get the full P-EBT amount if your family started getting CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits for the first time after schools closed.

Who NEEDS to apply

If you have children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals but did not get a P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020, you must apply online before June 30, 2020. To apply after May 22, visit Eligible families should receive their P-EBT card within 10 days after applying. 

More information

  • For details on P-EBT: Information About P-EBT
  • Download the flyer ( English/ Spanish)
  • To apply for P-EBT after May 22: Visit
  • For help with your P-EBT card: Call California’s EBT Service Center at (877) 328-9677, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for help with PIN set-up, address change, lost or stolen cards, application status, and basic eligibility troubleshooting.
  • For questions about your existing CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits: Call (877) 699-6868.
  • For SonomaWORKs, call (707) 565-5500.

Economic Assistance Lobby Closed: Other Options for Services

The County of Sonoma has transitioned to a temporary and precautionary suspension of non-essential operations in an effort to protect employees and the community by limiting person-to-person contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

While most of the Human Services’ offices are temporarily closed, we will continue to provide essential services, including emergency services for Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and General Assistance.

Look for questions and answers about benefits on the Human Services Department Home Page first. For additional information, please call 1-877-699-6868. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our communities safe.

For Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance services while the Economic Assistance Lobby is closed, access services through these options:


  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits
  • Submit Reports & Documents

  • Apply for Medi-Cal

  • Apply for CalFresh


Service Center 1-877-699-6868

  • Report Changes
  • Request Replacement EBT Card
  • General Assistance Questions

Fax 707-565-2929

  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits

Mail/Office Drop Box

  • Report Changes
  • Apply for Benefits
  • Submit Reports & Documents

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 Medi-Cal

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Sign up for low- and no-cost medical care


Apply for CalFresh


Add to your food budget (formerly Food Stamps)