If you are approved to use a CalFresh card, also known as California EBT, it can qualify you for some amazing benefits you wouldn’t want to miss. This article will guide you on what you need to know about CalFresh Card.
The CalFresh program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your housing expenses.
CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a bank card at most food stores.
And Hot foods (unless your county participates in the Restaurant Meals Program).
CalFresh Card Required Documents
The County needs proof of the information you give in the application. The County will need to have one document for each type of your verification category before your application can be certified.
If you are eligible to Expedited Services, at the time of your application you will need to show your identification, only.
The other information can be given to the County later. If you aren’t eligible for expedited services you need to provide necessary documents with the initial application.
Applicants need to show only ONE document for each category of verification. (For example, to show the applicants identity you can show EITHER your: birth certificate, or driver’s license, or paycheck or voter registration card.)
Identity of applicant
Voter registration card
Social Security Numbers
Only the members are required to be verified in CalFresh. Proof of application for SSN will suffice if no number exits.
All documents and forms must be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE). Verification of immigration status shall only be required for those noncitizen household members who are applying for CalFresh. The I-688 is not acceptable verification document; the I-94 is acceptable depending as to what type of information is provided on the form and if USCIS approves of such information.
Rent or mortgage receipt
Dated check stubs for the last 30 days
Statement from your employer
Copy of last year’s tax return
A current benefit check
Copies of child support checks
Statement from the college financial aid office
Note: Resources will only apply to Expedited Service eligibility determination.
Bank statements showing savings and checking accounts
Life insurance policies
Statements of stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit (CDs)
Housing and Other bills
Mortgage or rent receipts
Lease or statement from your landlord
Property tax statement
Only needed for household members who are aged 60 years or older or permanently disabled
Child care receipt which includes:
Name(s) of person(s) care was provided for
Signature of provider and date
Locations that Accept CalFresh Card
The USDA approves retails stores for participation in the CalFresh program. Generally, stores must offer a variety of “staple foods” including perishable foods.
Among the locations commonly approved to accept CalFresh EBT are:
Markets and grocers: Most supermarkets, corner stores, and other grocers accept CalFresh.
Farmers’ markets: In 2007 alone, almost half a million dollars in CalFresh were used at farmers’ markets in California. Not all farmers’ markets accept CalFresh, but the number is increasing.
Flea markets: California is the first state in the nation to allow the use of SNAPbenefits at flea markets. Few flea markets currently participate, though the program will likely expand to those with significant food sales.
Restaurants: A restaurant meals program was launched to allow homeless, disabled, and elderly households to purchase hot food. Counties can choose to participate in the program. The California EBT Project maintains a list of participating counties.
Special programs: If authorized by USDA, drug, and alcohol rehabilitation programs, shelters for battered women and children, group living arrangements, and public or private nonprofit homeless meal providers can purchase food on behalf of their residents. In some cases, these residential programs can redeem CalFresh benefits directly.
Online purchases:CalFresh EBT benefits cannot be used to buy food on the Internet. For technical and security reasons, USDA does not permit Internet EBT purchases.