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CalFresh is the California implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program, which provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low-income California residents.

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Assistance is Available

CalFresh advocates at Action Network can help you apply for new benefits, renew, or update your account. If you have received paperwork in the mail regarding CalFresh and you aren't sure what to do, please reach out to one of our CalFresh Advocates:

Christian Diaz:

Emily McConnell:

CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh can be used to purchase eligible food items like fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, dairy products, rice, bread, nuts, and other staples, as well as seeds to grow your own food. Benefits cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, vitamins, medicine, non-food and household items, or most hot or prepared food items.

SUN Bucks, also known as Summer EBT,  is a new grocery benefit available across most of the U.S., including in California. Families with eligible school-aged children can get $120 per child to buy groceries during the summer (June, July, August). If you’re already enrolled in benefits like CalFresh, your school-age children will automatically be enrolled in SUN Bucks. Families can receive SUN Bucks on top of other benefits like SNAP and WIC. 

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