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Department of Human Services

Division of Food and Nutrition Benefits

Using Your Benefits


CalFresh benefits are deposited electronically onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card works the same as an ATM card and is accepted at most grocery stores and at many farmers' markets, convenience stores, and even select online retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart. The EBT card can be used at any store or market that displays the Quest logo.

CalFresh can be used to buy

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Beans, fish, poultry, meat
  • Rice, bread, tortillas, cereal
  • Milk, cheese
  • Seeds and plants that produce food

CalFresh cannot be used to buy

  • Alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes
  • Non-food items (pet food, toilet paper, diapers, soap, etc.)
  • Vitamins, medicine
  • Energy Drinks
  • Hot foods or foods prepared in the store

Your EBT Card

You can check your EBT card balance by:

  • Visiting the EBT Website
  • Accessing your account at
  • Calling (877) 328-9677
  • If your card is stolen or lost, please call 1-877-328-9677 to report it and request a replacement card.
  • For additional information on the EBT card, click here.

Protect yourself against scams, do not share your EBT card or PIN with others. We will never contact you to ask about these details so if you receive any phone calls, texts or emails asking for your information, DO NOT provide it to them.

CalFresh at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park and Cloverdale accept CalFresh Cards. Some markets will match your CalFresh purchase amount dollar-for-dollar, for up to $10 or $20. The program is called Market Match. 

  • You may want to see a list of Sonoma County Farmers Markets that accept CalFresh cards.