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CalFresh Outreach

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps households and families buy the food they need for good health. CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help people to afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets. CalFresh is California’s version of SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps).


Looking for help?

CalFresh Program Coordinator
Marcela Alvarez
malvarez@slofoodbank.org
(805) 459-3003

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You may qualify for CalFresh if you can answer “yes” to these questions:

Household size of 1 = $2,010

Household size of 2 = $2,708

Household size of 3 = $3,404

Household size of 4 = $4,100

Household size of 5 = $4,798

Household size of 6 = $5,494

Household size of 7 = $6,190

Household size of 8 = $6,888

Each additional household member +$698

*These income guidelines are effective October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

*Individuals receiving SSI/SSP in California are not eligible for CalFresh, but other members of the household may be.


How much could I possibly receive in CalFresh benefits?

The maximum monthly benefit amounts depend on family size:

Household size of 1 = $192

Household size of 2 = $352

Household size of 3 = $504

Household size of 4 = $640

Household size of 5 = $760

Household size of 6 = $913

Each additional household member= +$144

*These maximum benefit amounts are effective through September 30, 2018.


Ways to apply in San Luis Obispo County

There are several different options available, to make it as easy as possible to apply.

Apply online


Apply directly with the County

Apply at any Department of Social Services Branch office or by phone:


Did you know?

Many of the eligibility rules have changed over the years, making it easier to access CalFresh.


What documents will I need to verify my eligibility?


Resources for Households Already Receiving CalFresh

As an extra benefit, the Market Match program at local farmers’ markets gives bonus farmers' market dollars for FREE to shoppers utilizing a CalFresh EBT card at participating farmers’ markets. The Market Match program is available at all four North County Farmers’ Market Association markets in Paso Robles, Los Osos, Templeton, and Atascadero.

The North County Farmers Market Association will match up to an additional $15.00 in EBT tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at all 4 NCFMA markets.

A great way to double your CalFresh funds and get fresh produce from local farms!


EBT Tokens are easy to use


San Luis Obispo County CalFresh Alliance

The CalFresh Alliance of San Luis Obispo County brings together County agencies and community partner organizations working on CalFresh Outreach throughout SLO County. The group stays current on local CalFresh data, information and processes, shares information and training, and supports each other's work.

The goal of the CalFresh Alliance is to reduce hunger and increase health of residents in SLO County by reaching an 85% CalFresh participation rate through the following strategies:

For more information, view the SLO County CalFresh Alliance Work Plan here.

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Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.