Do you need more food
for you and your family?
CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps)
What is CalFresh?
CalFresh is a supplemental food program to help individuals and families get the food they need to stay healthy. The CalFresh benefit is provided in an EBT debit card that looks like any other debit card. You can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets just like you would any other debit card.
The CalFresh debit card also makes it easy to make healthy choices because you can shop for the nutritious foods you and your family prefer.
CalFresh puts food on your table and dollars into the local economy. Every CalFresh dollar you spend generates $1.79 for the local economy. Everyone benefits when people are able to buy healthy foods from their local grocery store or farmers’ market.
Who is Eligible for CalFresh?
CalFresh is available to individuals and families with low incomes. Citizens and most legal residents are eligible. Undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible, but can apply for their children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens. Households without special circumstances must qualify under the following gross income guidelines (effective through September 30, 2019).
Even if you have applied for CalFresh before, you should try again. New legislation was passed to increase access and you may be eligible now even though you weren’t before.
Household Size Gross Monthly Income Maximum Monthly
(200% of Federal Poverty) Food Stamp Benefit
1 $2,024 $192
2 $2,744 $353
3 $3,464 $505
4 $4,184 $642
5 $4,904 $762
6 $5,624 $914
7 $6,334 $1,011
8 $7,064 $1,155
Each additional member +$720 +$144
1. In California, people who receive SSI/SSP do not qualify for CalFresh, but other household members may qualify.
2. Households also have to qualify under a "net income" test — taking into account their expenses for shelter, medical bills, utilities, and child care.
How Can I Apply for CalFresh?
Help Me Help You can assist you in the following ways:
1. Find out if you are eligible
2. Submit your application
3. Complete the application process
Once qualified, you will receive your CalFresh debit card.
To stay eligible, all CalFresh recipients must complete
report forms every six months with a semi-annual recertification.
Contact the office and ask to speak with our CalFresh Team
today (562) 612-5001
At your Caseworkers request, upload your files securely here:
¿Cómo puedo solicitar CalFresh?
Podemos ayudarle en las siguientes maneras:
1. Averigüe si son elegibles
2. Envíe su solicitud
3. Completar el proceso de solicitud
Una vez calificado, recibirá su tarjeta de débito CalFresh. Para permanecer elegible, todos los destinatarios de CalFresh deben completar los formularios de informe cada seis meses con una recertificación semestral.
Comuníquese con la oficina y pida hablar con nuestro Representante de CalFresh hoy (562) 612-5001
If you would like to help distribute CalFresh outreach flyers in the community or assist with enrollments, please call the office at 562-612-5001.
May is CalFresh
CalFresh (food stamps) is an important part of the solution to our community’s hunger crisis and a necessary safety net for low-income individuals and families struggling during tough times. The benefits also generate $1.79 in economic activity for every $1 of CalFresh money spent in our region through the support of local businesses.
CalFesh is the number one source of nutritious and affordable food for hungry families in our area. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that make it easy for people in need to make healthy choices because it can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
Unfortunately, only about half of those who are eligible receive CalFresh. That means thousands of families and individuals in our area are needlessly going hungry.
California ranks among the ten worst in reaching SNAP eligible people.
Help Me Help You partners to provide information, outreach, training to community partners, and application assistance to help connect more eligible residents to CalFresh/Food Stamps. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, contact the office.
If you are a community-based agency interested in outreach materials or training for your staff, contact the office today: (562) 612-5001 or
A case study on out-of-office Food Stamp Applications in California
This Program is sponsored in part by the following
California Association of Food Banks
Los Angeles County
The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation
We are Official LA County Calfresh Outreach Partners
Help Me Help You with CalFresh partners at the LA County Board of Supervisors CalFresh Proclamation
Help Me Help You works with DPSS and a network of 30 partnering organizations to deploy a variety of strategies to heighten public awareness on CalFresh, in an effort to increase access and participation.