Eight ways to apply for CalFresh
Last updated 8/24/2017 at Noon
The days of a mother or father having to take a whole day off work and drag their kids to sit in a government office waiting for hours to get food assistance are long gone – much like the days when food stamps came in a book of coupons.
Nowadays, someone applying for CalFresh benefits can do it from pretty much anywhere, at any time of the day.
It’s all part of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s efforts to expand ways eligible residents can apply for and access assistance.
CalFresh helps families and individuals who meet certain income guidelines supplement their food budget and buy nutritious food. Eligibility and the amount of CalFresh benefits issued depend on your household size, income and certain living expenses.
There are eight different ways a person can apply or find out if they are eligible for benefits:
- 2-1-1 San Diego
The over-the-phone system allows you to complete the entire CalFresh application with a live 2-1-1 staff person. 2-1-1 submits it to the County electronically on your behalf. They also will help guide you through the process of sending in your necessary paperwork so you don’t have to go into an office at all.
According to 2-1-1, the phone process is especially beneficial to people who are older adults, disabled, homebound, lack transportation, parents with childcare issues or people who can’t go into a County office during business hours because they’re working.
You can make an appointment to fill out the CalFresh application with 2-1-1 at http://211sandiego.org/find-an-appointment-sd/.
In addition, they can apply for other assistance programs such as Medi-Cal and CalWORKs at the same time. The website is available in 18 different languages.
- Download an Application
- Call the Access line at (866) 262-9881
- Through Community Partners
Both organizations also have applications and information on their websites in both English and Spanish.
- At Community Events
- County Family Resource Centers
Staff are available to explain the eligibility requirements and help residents fill out an application. To complete the process, they will need to provide all verifications/documents for everyone applying for benefits. It is very important to make available all verifications to be evaluated for eligibility promptly. Assistance is available in any language at any time by staff or via an interpreter service.