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Department of Human Services

Division of Food and Nutrition Benefits

Apply for CalFresh

Attention CalFresh Applicants!

Effective 7/25/22, the process for conducting your application interview has changed. You will receive an appointment letter that provides the appointment date and window of time, however you will need to call us at (877) 699-6868 during that appointment timeframe to complete your interview. The county will not be contacting you to complete the application interview. If you do not have a phone, or would prefer to be seen in-person, you may come to our office at 2550 Paulin Dr, Santa Rosa or 5350 Old Redwood Hwy N, Ste 100, Petaluma to complete the interview. If you do not complete your interview by the scheduled date, you will received a notice of missed appointment and your CalFresh may be denied if the interview is not completed by the end of the application period.

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: in English and Spanish. You can fill out the application online and we will notify you of your scheduled appointment. 
  • CalFresh and Medi-Cal: in English and Spanish. Many people are eligible for both benefit programs. By applying at this website, you can find out. Once we receive your application, we will notify you of your scheduled appointment.

By Phone

In Person

Apply by Fax or Postal Mail

Documents Needed

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

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