Food Assistance

A happy man finding fresh produce in a store.

CalFresh can help you and your family.

CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net.

CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is CalFresh the same thing as food stamps, SNAP or EBT?

The CalFresh Program is California's version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

EBT is a card that looks and works like a debit or credit card but is loaded with food stamps (also known as SNAP or CalFresh benefits) and/or cash benefits. You can use it at stores that accept EBT. You'll get the Golden State Advantage card once you're approved for benefits.

An example of a Golden State Advantage EBT card.

CalFresh Eligibility

Local county offices use many facts to determine what type of help you can get from CalFresh. They include:

  • Income
  • Household size
  • Expenses

CalFresh Application Requirements

The minimum requirements to file a CalFresh application are:

  1. Applicant’s full name, and
  2. Household’s address, and
  3. Signature of the Head of household, any adult household member, an authorized representative, or a responsible household member.

Apply Online
Apply In-Person
  • Weaverville Office
    51 Industrial Pkwy
    Weaverville, CA 96093
    Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
    Excluding Holidays
    Secure Application & Document Dropbox available 24/7.
  • Hayfork Office
    6641 CA-3, Suite B
    Hayfork, CA 96041
    Tuesday and Thursday, 9AM-4PM (Closed 12-1PM for Lunch)
    Excluding Holidays & Inclement Weather
    Secure Application & Document Dropbox available 24/7.
Apply by Mail
  • Mail completed applications to:
    Trinity County Health & Human Services
    PO Box 1470
    Weaverville, CA 96093
    Request an application be mailed to you by phone: 530-623-1265
    Download an application: Multi-Program | CalFresh | Medi-Cal
Apply by Phone
  • Call: 530-623-1265
    Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Apply by Fax
  • Fax completed applications to: 530-623-1250
    Request an application be mailed to you by phone: 530-623-1265
    Download an application: Multi-Program | CalFresh | Medi-Cal