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CalFresh (Food Stamps)
The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps people who have little or no income buy nutritious groceries.  CalFresh benefits are not cash.  They come on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that you can use like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores.


To get CalFresh benefits, your income must be under certain limits (see chart below).  There is no longer a property limit for most households applying only for CalFresh, however for those applying for CalFresh and CalWORKs, the property limit is $2,000 per family or $3,250 per family if a member is over age 60 or has disabilities.

When applying, you will be asked for information about your residency, citizenship, identity, Social Security Number, income, and property.  Fingerprint imaging is no longer required for CalFresh applicants.

Family Size

Monthly Gross
Income Limit

Family Size Monthly Gross
Income Limit
1 person $1,245 5 people $2,987
2 people $1,681 6 people $3,423
3 people $2,116 7 people $3,858
4 people $2,552 8 people $4,294

Each extra person

These figures are current as of October 2013

Many people who qualify for CalFresh will also qualify for Medi-Cal under newly expanded eligibility requirements.  Consider applying for both programs.  To learn more about the Medi-Cal expansion, click here.

How to Apply
There are many ways to apply for CalFresh:

1) Fill out an online application for CalFresh

2) Download an application (PDF) in English or Spanish.  Mail the completed application to our Oxnard Mail-In office or drop it off at any Intake & Eligibility Center or Community Service Center.

3) Call an Intake & Eligibility Center or Community Service Center to request a paper application, which includes a postage-paid return envelope.

4) Apply in person at an Intake & Eligibility Center or Community Service Center.

If you are without money for food today, you may qualify for expedited benefits, so please apply in person.  For more information about emergency CalFresh benefits, click

Online Report Forms are Now Available
You may now complete your Quarterly Reports (QR7) & Recertifications online anytime by clicking here, starting the first day of the month they are due.

Forms & Documents

CalFresh Application English
Aplicación para CalFresh en Español
CalFresh & Medi-Cal Application English
Aplicación para CalFresh y Medi-Cal en Español
Assistance Programs Booklet English
Folleto de Programas de Asistencia en Español

Useful Links

NEW! Local Farmer's Markets Accept EBT Cards
FOOD Share - Useful Resources/Pantry List
Healthy Eating & Active Living

Free cell phone (with 250 minutes & 250 texts) available to low-income individuals who participate in Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, SSI
(among other programs)
Apply online at: www.assurancewireless.com or www.reachoutmobile.com
Or mail in a completed Service Request Form by 6/6/2013
Or call (888) 898-4888 to request an application
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