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Apply For CalFresh

Apply to CalFresh online, by phone, Fax, postal mail or in-person. If you cannot answer all the questions, you can submit an incomplete application with your name, address and signature, then work with our staff to complete the information.

You'll need to be ready to answer questions about:

  • The number of people in your home
  • The money you get from a job or other places
  • Your housing costs, including rent, mortgage and utilities
  • Some of the things you own
  • A few other bills

Apply Online

  • CalFresh only: getcalfresh.org in English and Spanish. You can fill out the application online, then we’ll call you for an interview.
  • CalFresh and Medi-Cal: mybenefitscalwin.org in English and Spanish. Many people are eligible for both benefit programs. By applying at this website, you can find out. We’ll call you later for an in-person interview.

By Phone

In Person

Apply by Fax or Postal Mail

Fax: (707) 565-2929

Mail: P.O. Box 1539, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Documents Needed

The following is a list of documents that could be needed to process your application.

Identity - 

  • Department of Motor Vehicles ID or Drivers License; Work or School ID; Passport/USCIS (Immigration) Documents

Residency -

  • Department of Motor Vehicles ID or Drivers License; Postmarked envelope or postcard addressed to you; Utility Bill; Rental Agreement; Bill or other document with you name and address

Relationship - 

  • Marriage or Domestic Partner Certificate; Birth Certificate; Court Papers (divorce, guardianship, etc.)

Social Security Number (SSN) - 

  • Social Security Card; Proof of application for SSN

Immigration Status - 

  • Permanent Residence Card; Green Card (I-551); Employment Authorization Card (I-766); Foreign Passport with Form I-94/I-94A; Notice of Action (I-797)

Earned Income - 

  • Pay Stubs; Letter from employer with gross pay, hours worked, etc; Self-Employment Tax Forms (IRS Schedule C, etc.)

Unearned Income - 

  • Disability/Retirement/Pension Award Letters; current benefit check; School Financial Aid

Property - 

  • Bank Statements; Vehicle Registration; Mortgage Bills; Property Deeds; Life Insurance Policy; Stocks; Bonds; IRAs: Most Recent Retirement Account Statements

Housing & Utility Costs - 

  • Rental Agreement or Rent Receipt; Mortgage Bill; Utility Bill; Property Tax Statement; Home or Renter's Insurance Bills; Hotel/Motel Receipt

Medical Expenses - 

  • Medical Bills or Receipts; Medical Transportation Bills or Receipts; Health or Dental Insurance Policies or Premiums

Paper verifications will not be requested if the county already has current information or the information can be electronically verified.

If you are having difficulty obtaining the requested information, please let the Eligibility Specialist know. The County may be able to help you get the required documents.

If You Need Food Right Away

You may be able to get CalFresh benefits within three days depending on your income.

To meet your food needs now, contact the groups listed on the Other Local Food Programs page.

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