Catholic Charities and CalFresh help people access healthy and nutritious food.

CalFresh Food Benefits

Our bilingual staff can help you with your CalFresh application, as well as assist with reporting and recertification of CalFresh benefits.

Once you have applied, you can designate us as a helper to speak to the county about your application. CalFresh issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. EBT cardholders can then purchase food at grocery stores and farmers markets that accept EBT payments. See the resource section below for useful EBT cardholder links.

CalFresh is California’s federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP. SNAP is formerly known as food stamps. To find out more about the program, visit CalFresh Food.

Apply for CalFresh in 10 minutes.

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Program Requirements

  • You or your children are U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident.
  • Your household’s gross monthly income is within the limits listed below.
  • College Students and seniors may qualify with different eligibility criteria.

Questions? Get Help

Call a resource specialist near you to get CalFresh help by phone.
  • Monterey County: (831) 393-3112
  • Santa Cruz County: (831) 393-3112
  • San Benito County: (831) 649-7379
  • San Luis Obispo County: (805) 706-8566

Visit CalFresh Healthy Living for healthy and active lifestyles

Income & Eligibility Limits: Effective October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities.

Due to the pandemic, CalFresh benefits are temporarily increased until June 30, 2021