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How Do I Apply for CalFresh?

Due to COVID-19, some SSA office locations have been closed, while others are available by appointment and/or with reduced hours of operation. Please click HERE to check current office availability.

You can apply for CalFresh online, by phone, mail, fax or in person.
Note: Complete as much of the application as you can. Your name, address and signature are necessary to begin the application process.


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By Phone

  • Apply during business hours at 1-800-281-9799
  • Get Social Services Agency office hours and locations
  • Obtain secure and private benefit information for CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and/or General Relief
  • Request a replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and/or Medi-Cal Card
  • Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

By Mail

By Fax

    In Person

    • Applications for the CalFresh Program can be completed in person
    • To begin the process you will need to locate the Social Services Regional Center that serves your city or zip code.
    • You should be prepared to spend a minimum of two hours at the Social Services Regional Center
    • Unless there is an emergent need for medical care, benefits may not be issued the same day


    For additional information about the CalFresh Program, please call the Service Center at 1-800-281-9799.