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Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

CalFresh (Food Stamps)

What is CalFresh?
Low-income individuals and families can get help to buy the healthy food they need through CalFresh, known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh stretches a tight food budget to keep your family well-fed and healthy. Across California, only about half of those eligible for CalFresh actually apply and receive the benefits for which they qualify. The Food Bank has staff that assist individuals in overcoming the various barriers they face, such as misconceptions about eligibility, fear of documentation requirements and immigration status, as well as many common myths.CalFresh benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT) which can be used like an ATM/Debit card. It is also accepted at most grocery stores and North County Farmer’s Markets.

How to Apply
The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County has bilingual staff ready to assist you with the CalFresh pre-screening and application process. You may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full or part-time job.

Who is not eligible?
SSI/SSP recipients and undocumented residents are not eligible for CalFresh; however, other members of your family might be. (Note: Applying for CalFresh will not hurt your chances of becoming a U.S. citizen. http://www.uscis.gov/news/fact-sheets/public-charge-fact-sheet)

What are the myths about CalFresh?
Myth/Fact Sheet
Mitos sobre CalFresh

Community Based Organizations

Do you have clients or staff interested in learning more about CalFresh benefits? Contact one of the Outreach Coordinators to schedule a presentation for your staff or clients, in English or Spanish.

Contact Us

For more information or to begin your CalFresh application, please contact:
Para más información o para empezar su aplicación de CalFresh, por favor contacte a:

Elisa Rivas, CalFresh Outreach Coordinator
erivas@slofoodbank.org or (805) 835-1355

Miguel Diaz, CalFresh & Nutrition Educator
migueldiaz@slofoodbank.org or (805) 975-5688