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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?

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

Household size of 1 = $1,980

Household size of 2 = $2,670

Household size of 3 = $3,360

Household size of 4 = $4,050

Household size of 5 = $4,740

Household size of 6 = $5,430

Household size of 7 = $6,122

Household size of 8 = $6,816

Each additional household member= +$694

*These income guidelines are effective October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017

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

Additional information on documents that will be required during the application process: English / Spanish.(link to verification flyers)

How much could I possibly receive in CalFresh benefits?

The maximum monthly benefit amounts depend on family size:

Household size of 1 = $194

Household size of 2 = $357

Household size of 3 = $511

Household size of 4 = $649

Household size of 5 = $771

Household size of 6 = $925

Household size of 7 = $1,022

Household size of 8 = $1,169

Each additional household member= +$146

*These maximum benefit amounts are effective through September 30, 2017

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.