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Applying for CalFresh (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program)

CalFresh logoLow-income individuals and families can get help to buy the food they need for good health through CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps and nationally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You apply for these benefits by completing a CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp application. CalFresh benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT) which can be used like an ATM/Debit card. It is accepted at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets.

You may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full- or part-time job. CalFresh stretches a tight food budget to keep your family well-fed and healthy.

How to apply

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has bilingual staff ready to assist you with the CalFresh eligibility evaluation and application process. The CalFresh outreach team also provides free CalFresh information and applications to help raise awareness about CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Program. For questions, or to learn if you are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, please call 855-309-FOOD (3663). Heidi Kleiner (extension 250/, Juan Orozco (extension 231/ or Barbara Stanley (extension 232/ can assist you. Si tiene preguntas o para aprender si usted es elegible para recibir beneficios de CalFresh por favor llámele Juan Orozco 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) extensión 231 o mándele un correo electrónico a


Individuals who receive SSI/SSP assistance, and undocumented residents are not eligible for CalFresh. However, other members of your family might be. If you are a legal non-citizen, you might be eligible for CalFresh. Other family members in your household who were born in the United States also might be eligible.

Note: Applying for CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamps will not hurt your chances of becoming a US citizen. However, food stamp applicants must have a Social Security Number.

Download our informational CalFresh Brochure or CalFresh Folleto. Download the CalFresh Application or CalFresh/SNAP/Solicitud. Please print and complete the application and mail to your local County Social Services Department (see list below). You may also complete and submit your CalFresh application online at Contact Barbara Stanley, Heidi Kleiner, or Juan Orozco for help and prescreening information.

If you would like to see if you are eligible for CalFresh, please complete our online CalFresh Inquiry and a Food Bank staff member will evaluate your case and follow-up with you.

Income Guidelines

If your income is less than the amount on this chart, you may qualify*

Number of Persons in Household/Personas en el HogarMaximum Income Monthly/Ingreso Brutal Mensual

*Actual eligibility is determined by additional calculations based on income and expenses

County Social Services

Find a Social Services office in your area:

Contra Costa County

Office Hours: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri. Closed from 12-12:30 pm for lunch


4545 Delta Fair Boulevard Antioch, CA 94509 (925) 706-4980


151 Sand Creek Road Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 513-3720


151 Linus Pauling Drive Hercules, CA 94547 (510) 262-7709

Pleasant Hill

400 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 602-9379


1305 Macdonald Avenue Richmond, CA 94801 (510) 412-3280

Solano County

Office Hours: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.


275 Beck Avenue Fairfield, CA 94533 (707) 784-8050


365 Tuolumne Street Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 553-5681


William J. Carroll Government Center 1119 E. Monte Vista Avenue Vacaville, CA 95688 (707) 469-4500

CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Trainings

CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Trainings for Food Bank member agencies and outreach partners are offered throughout the year. These training sessions are not open to the general public, but are specifically for people who represent other agencies interested in learning how to assist clients with eligibility for the CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Program.

Facts and Myths of CalFresh

The next Facts and Myths training will take place on Thursday, July 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Food Bank office in Fairfield. To register, fill out the registration form, save as, and email by April 10th to Joël McClurg, 925-676-7543 extension 241.

CalFresh Partners Meeting

For information on the next Partners Meeting, contact Joël McClurg 925-676-7543 extension 241.

Additional Training

If you are interested in a CalFresh training at your office for your staff or volunteers, contact Joël McClurg – 925-676-7543 extension 241.

Farmers’ Markets

Click to find a local farmers’ market that accepts EBT and offers a Market Match with this interactive map. For more information on EBT at the farmers’ market, contact Heidi  – or call 855-309-FOOD.


If you have questions or need more information about the CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Program, please Contact  Joël McClurg – 925-676-7543 extension 241.