In the state of California, only about half of those eligible for CalFresh actually apply and receive the benefits for which they qualify. The Food Bank has bilingual staff who are available to help individuals and families apply for CalFresh. They are available by phone and often attend our public food distribution sites to assist community members through the application process in person. Our staff help applicants overcome various barriers such as eligibility misconceptions, fear of documentation requirements, and help to dispel common myths.
CalFresh is a federally funded program that helps low-income individuals and families access nutritious food. In California, this program was formerly known as Food Stamps. Nationally, it is called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
You can apply online at benefitscal.org. If you would like assistance through the application process please contact our outreach staff:
CalFresh eligibility is based on many factors, including income and household size. In CalFresh, a household is a group of people who regularly buy and eat food together. A household can be as small as one person. One home can have more than one household. The people in a household do not have to be related to each other. If you can answer YES to both questions below, your household may qualify for CalFresh:
Volunteers are needed to help create awareness about the CalFresh program and to teach the public about eligibility requirements. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with our CalFresh Program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.