Department of Social Services

Food Assistance

Do you need help putting food on the table? 

We offer the CalFresh program, which provides limited-income households with a monthly benefit to help buy food. We can also refer you to other food programs from other service providers. 

Depending on household income, people may qualify for:

Many charitable organizations distribute food or meals. They set their own eligibility standards. For more information, see these resources:

  • Our supplemental food referral directory, including free local services such as grocery distribution, prepared hot meals, food pantries and more. (Updated 7/14/16.)
  • Emergency food referral lists and maps from our partners at the Foodbank, and descriptions of their own programs (including nutrition education).

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