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CalFresh Program

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The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

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For more information about eligibility requirements, visit our eligibility requirements page .

To find out how to apply for benefits in your county, please call the toll free number 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).

To Apply Online:  Benefitscal.com Website

Important Message – Federal Reduction in Benefits effective November 1, 2013


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