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Food & Nutrition Benefits

CalFresh stretches your food budget

CalFresh Logo provides monthly benefits to help you buy groceries you need to be healthy. Benefits are added to a debit-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, that eligible individuals and families use to pay for food at grocery stores, convenience stores and many local farmers markets.

For retail locations where EBT is accepted go to the EBT Locator.

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CalFresh recipients can also use their EBT cards to purchase groceries online for delivery through Amazon, Wal-Mart and selected retailers through Instacart. Delivery fees cannot be paid with CalFresh benefits and an alternate payment type must be used. Additionally, there are limited pick-up locations through Safeway's Drive-up and Go. For more information, click here. You can order food online that you would normally buy with your EBT card in the store. CalFresh benefits do not cover the cost of delivery, though Instacart and WalMart have memberships that can be purchased and will waive delivery fees. EBT Card holders are eligible for a reduced cost Amazon Prime Membership, which eliminates the delivery fee on most items and grants access to other Prime benefits.

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

    For more information, please visit EBT Online at www.cdss.ca.gov/ebt-online.

    Beware of EBT Scams

    Protect yourself against scams, always keep your EBT or P-EBT card and PIN numbers safe and secret. If you receive a text message, email or phone call asking for card or PIN numbers, do not provide your information. If you experience suspicious activity, please report this information immediately to the EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 or the Economic Assistance Center at (877) 699-6868.

    Connect to Services or Submit Documents

    During the pandemic, building lobbies are open to the public for restricted access and hours. Clients and staff must wear masks or face coverings, and maintain six-feet of social distancing. Hours at both 2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa, and South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100, Petaluma: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our communities safe.

      Look for questions and answers about changes in benefits on the Human Services Department Home Page first. For additional information, please call 877-699-6868.

      Get Services from Home



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


      • Apply for Covered California or Medi-Cal


      • Submit Reports & Documents
      • Apply for CalFresh


      Service Center: 877-699-6868

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

      Fax: 707-565-2929

      • Report Changes
      • Apply for Benefits 


      Economic Assistance, P.O. Box 1539, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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

      Outdoor Office Drop Boxes

      • Economic Assistance, 2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa
      • South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100, Petaluma

      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 their parents were born. 
      • Immigrants who are legal permanent residents, victims of trafficking, U-Visa applicants and holders, and others.
      • Residents who receive SSI or SSP.
      • Students and those who meet the other CalFresh guidelines.
      • You can use the online tool See if I'm Eligible before completing an actual application to estimate your CalFresh Food Eligibility.

      For details about eligibility and income rules in English and Spanish, visit the California Department of Social Services website.

      Information for 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. 

      Replacing CalFresh Benefits
      (Disaster or Single Household Misfortune)

      Current CalFresh recipients may apply for partial or total replacement of the value of food lost or spoiled if they are affected by any one of the following:
      • a local disaster, such as a fire, flood or earthquake, or
      • a power outage, planned or unexpected, or
      • a household misfortune, such as a house fire, resulting in loss of food purchased with CalFresh benefits.

      To apply for replacement benefits, the household has 10 days to report the food loss by phone or in person and to complete a CF 303 form in English or a CF 303 form in Spanish. The replacement benefits may be a partial amount or up to the maximum one-month allotment for the household. Destroyed EBT cards may also be replaced.

      Submit the CF 303 form:

      Contact Information

      Economic Assistance
      Human Services Department

      In-person Lobby Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

      Phone Hours
      Monday – Friday
      9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
      (Due to volume of calls, wait times may be extended)

      Contact us by Phone

      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 - 4 PM

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