Department of Social Services

CalFresh

Do you need help putting food on the table? CalFresh (also known as Food Stamps or SNAP) may be able to help.

CalFresh is a supplemental program that helps limited-income individuals and families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that works like a bank debit card, and is accepted at grocery stores and markets, as well as some Farmer's Markets.

Who is eligible for CalFresh? Generally, households must have gross income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) and net income (after certain deductions) below 100% of FPG. The MyBenefits CalWIN website has a See If I Am Eligible tool you can use to see if you are likely to be eligible. You must be a citizen or legal resident to receive CalFresh (undocumented individuals are not eligible, but can apply for their children if the children are legal residents or citizens).

There are many myths about CalFresh eligibility for certain populations. If you are a student, senior citizen, immigrant, or former foster youth, please don't assume that you can't qualify: talk to us, or check out these fact sheets. 

How can I apply? You can apply for benefits online, visit one of our offices or outstations (see below), or call our toll-free automated phone number at 1-866-404-4007. We determine eligibility based on the information you provide on your CalFresh application and any required verifications. You may request expedited (faster) service in certain emergency circumstances (such as little or no cash, and/or emergency need for housing).

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Social Services Office Locations

City Location    Days/Hours
Santa Barbara 234 Camino del Remedio
805-681-4401
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lompoc 1100 W. Laurel Ave.
805-737-7080
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Santa Maria 2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy.
805-346-7135
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Outstation Sites in the Community

Location    Days/Hours For info, call:
Carpinteria:
Carpinteria Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tues
9am-3pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason Street, Room 12
Every Weds
9:00am-2:00pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
PATH/Casa Esperanza
816 Cacique St.
Every Weds
9:30-11am
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Maria:
Marian Hospital
1400 E. Church Street
Mon 9am-12pm
Thurs 1pm-4pm
DSS Santa Maria
805-346-7135
Solvang:
People Helping People
545 N. Alisal Road, Suite 102
Every other Tues 9am-12pm DSS Lompoc
805-737-7135
New Cuyama:
Family Resource Center
4689 Highway 166, Unit B
Call for appointment:
(661) 766-2369
DSS Lompoc
805-737-7135


Beware of scams: In 2015, people reported receiving unsolicited calls from what appeared to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689.  The unsolicited callers requested personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. This outside entity that “spoofed” the SNAP toll free number was not affiliated with SNAP. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers.If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls, you may file a complaint with the FCC. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ for more information on identity theft.

Community partners: See these printable CalFresh brochures in English (DSS generic) and Spanish (DSSgeneric). Printable income guidelines inserts for the brochures are also available in English and Spanish. This flyer explains why it's worth it to enroll even if you only qualify for the minimum $16 benefit. Other useful resources can be found in the CalFresh outreach toolkit

 

 


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WHAT CLIENTS SAY...


It became necessary for me to apply for Food Stamps . . . which is hard to do when you've worked your entire life without asking for public assistance. The worker was patient, professional, kind and courteous throughout the entire process.
-A Client


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