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What canCalFresh benefits be used to purchase?

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase:

  • Foods for human consumption.
  • Seeds and plants to grow food for household use.

What can you not purchase withCalFresh benefits?

CalFresh benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Any non-food item such as pet food, soaps, paper products,household supplies, grooming items and cosmetics.
  • Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
  • Vitamins and medicines.
  • Any food that will be eaten in the store. *
  • Any food marketed to be heated in the store. *

* Except in a restaurant located in a county approved to operate a restaurant meals program.

Who can receiveCalFresh benefits?

You may be eligible to receiveCalFresh benefits, whether or not you work, if you have a low income.

What is the amount ofCalFresh benefits I will receive?

The amount ofCalFresh benefits a low-income person or family can receive is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The plan estimates how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals. The estimates are revised every year to keep pace with changes in food prices. The average amount ofCalFresh benefits received per household is about $200 per month.

What is the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)?

CFAP is a state-fundedCalfresh program for legal permanent non-citizens residing in the U.S., and determined ineligible for federal food stamp benefits solely due to their immigration status.

Where do I go to apply forCalFresh benefits?

There are over 240Calfresh offices in California operated by local county welfare departments. Low-income people may apply forCalFresh at any office located in the county where they live. To find information on your county click on the link County Welfare Departments . Also, there may be other locations were you can apply forCalFresh benefits. You may also file online at the Benefitscal.org Website.

If I am receiving SSI/SSP, can I also receive CalFresh benefits?

If you are receiving SSI/SSP, you cannot receiveCalFresh benefits in California. However,other household membersmay be eligible to receiveCalFresh benefits.