Applying for CalFresh (nationally known as SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Low-income individuals and families can get help to buy the food they need for good health through CalFresh, known nationally as SNAP. 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.
You apply for these benefits by completing a CalFresh Application online. 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 farmers’ markets.
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. For questions, or to learn if you are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, please contact the Food Bank by filling out this short form, emailing [email protected], or calling 925-603-3316.
You can also print and complete the application and mail to your local County Social Services Department (see list below). Contact [email protected] for help and prescreening information.
SSI RULES HAVE CHANGED
YOU MAY NOW ALSO QUALIFY FOR CALFRESH BENEFITS
As of June 1st,, 2019, if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP), you may now also qualify for CalFresh benefits! If you have tried to apply for CalFresh or have not applied because you were told you do not qualify for CalFresh because of SSI/SSP, we encourage you to try again.
Your SSI and SSP benefits will NOT be affected as a result of receiving CalFresh. This change means that an SSI recipient may receive CalFresh AND SSI/SSP benefits.
CalFresh Food benefits can now be used to purchase groceries ONLINE at select retailers
CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT card to purchase groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Starting April 28, 2020 you will be able order food online that you would normally buy with your EBT card in-person and select home delivery (CalFresh Food benefits cannot be used to cover the cost of delivery at this time.)
For more information visit EBT Online or download this flyer with frequently asked questions.
County Social Services
Find a Social Services office in your area:
8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.
Closed from 12-12:30 pm for lunch
4545 Delta Fair Boulevard
Antioch, CA 94509
151 Sand Creek Road
Brentwood, CA 94513
151 Linus Pauling Drive
Hercules, CA 94547
400 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
1305 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Training
CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Training 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. For information on training, contact LaLisha Norton at lnorton925-849-8343.or call
Download a brochure with Farmers’ Markets near you (download Contra Costa County) (download Solano County). Many offer Market Match to double your benefits on fresh produce. 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 LaLisha Norton at lnorton or call 925-849-8343.