Department of Social Services


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. Monthly benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a bank debit card to buy food at most grocery stores and markets (including 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 (see this chart). 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 (double-sided English/Spanish).

How can I apply? You can apply online (it's fast and easy), visit one of our offices or outstations (see below), call our toll-free automated phone number (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
Phone: (805) 681-4401
Fax: (805) 681-4402
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lompoc 1100 W. Laurel Ave.
Phone: (805) 737-7080
Fax: (805) 737-6047
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Santa Maria 2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy.
Phone: (805) 346-7135
Fax: (805) 346-7196
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Outstation Sites in the Community

Location    Days/Hours For info, call:
Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tues
DSS Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4401
Santa Barbara:
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason St., Room 12
Every Weds
DSS Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4401
Santa Barbara:
PATH/Casa Esperanza
816 Cacique St.
Every Weds
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
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: Never give your EBT card number or PIN number to ANYONE, because with this information they can steal your benefits. Your county and state will NEVER text or call you requesting your EBT card number and PIN number.

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 $15 benefit. Other useful resources can be found in the CalFresh outreach toolkit



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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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