CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, 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 is federally mandated and in
California, is state-supervised and county-operated.
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. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or famers’
market that accepts EBT cards.