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How to Apply for CalFresh in San Francisco

Applying is easy - You can call the Food Assistance Service Center at (415) 558-4700, come by our office at 1235 Mission Street, or visit our website at https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org.

What Is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a benefit that helps low-income people and families buy food. CalFresh is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government program designed to eliminate hunger in the United States.

Am I Eligible for CalFresh?

Your eligibility is determined by your income and other non-financial eligibility rules. Most people who are enrolled in CalWORKs or the County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP) are eligible, but so are other low-income San Francisco residents.

Our partner mRelief.com can help you find out if you're likely to qualify for CalFresh by answering roughly 10 simple questions which take less than 5 minutes.
Learn more about our partnership here.

Where Can I Use CalFresh?

In San Francisco, CalFresh benefits are distributed via the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards, also known as the Golden State Advantage card. The EBT card is like any other debit card, it offers users privacy when making purchases. CalFresh EBT cards can be used to purchase food at many San Francisco grocery stores. In addition, elderly, disabled or homeless CalFresh customers may purchase meals at various San Francisco restaurants through the Restaurant Meals Program at a local farmer's market. You can use SNAP Retailer Locator to find stores in your area that take CalFresh benefits.  

Accessing Healthy and Affordable Food

Help children stay healthy and active with a balance diet. This website,  www.letsmove.gov, provides parents helpful resources as how to access healthy and affordable food and make healthy choices.

What Are Emergency Food Boxes?

If you are in need of emergency food while waiting for your CalFresh benefits to begin, we can provide you with an emergency food box to tide you over. Ask about emergency food boxes when you apply for CalFresh.

What if I Have Questions About CalFresh (Food Stamps)?

Call the Food Assistance Service Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (415) 558-4700.

Fact Sheets

CalFresh Forms

For More Information

CalFresh Program

1235 Mission Street (at 8th St.)
(415) 558-4700