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Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Cal Fresh/ Food Stamps

Applying for Cal Fresh

Across California, only about half of those eligible for food stamps actually apply and receive the benefits for which they qualify. Through this program, our staff assists individuals in overcoming the many barriers they face, such as misconceptions concerning eligibility, lack of clear communication, fear of imaging requirements, inconvenient food stamp office hours and fear regarding immigration status.

Low-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 can apply for these benefits by completing a CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamp application. Food stamp 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.

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 Coalition of San Luis Obispo County has bilingual staff ready to assist you with the food stamp eligibility evaluation and pre-screening progress.

The food stamp outreach team also provides free food stamp information to help raise awareness about the CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamps program.

Have Questions?

For questions or to learn if you are eligible to receive food stamp benefits please contact our CalFresh Program Coordinator:

Si tiene preguntas o para aprender si usted es elegible para recibir beneficios de Estampillas de Comida favor de llamar o mandar un correo electrónico a la Coordinadora del Programa de CalFresh:

Cindy Monterrosa 
CalFresh Program Coordinator
Office: (805) 238-4664
Cell: (805) 835-1355
Para información en español, llame a Cindy Monterrosa: (805) 835-1355

Who is not Eligible?

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

What are the myths about CalFresh? 

Myth/Fact Sheet 

Mitos Sobre CalFresh

Note: Applying for CalFresh/SNAP/Food Stamps will not hurt your chances of becoming a U.S. citizen.