Department of Social Services

Food Assistance

We help people get enough to eat

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    (formerly Food Stamps)

CalFresh is a supplemental program that helps low-income people buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutritional levels. The CalFresh program is funded by the Department of Agriculture and is administered by our department. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like a bank debit card and accepted at many markets and food stores, as well as some Farmer's Markets.

Through nutrition education partners, the CalFresh program helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Key partners are Women, Infant & Children (WIC) a nutrition program administered by the Public Health Department which helps many new mothers; the Meals on Wheels program administered by the Community Action Commission which helps many seniors; and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County which provides nutritional classes, food assistance, and CalFresh outreach.

Applicants can drop in to one of our three locations in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or Santa Maria; call any of our offices or our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007); mail in an application; or submit an application online from any computer with Internet access.

Office Locations

Santa Barbara Lompoc Santa Maria
234 Camino Del Remedio      1100 W. Laurel Ave.      2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
(805) 681-4401 (805) 737-7080 (805) 346-7135


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