How to use your CalFresh Benefits!

How do I get my benefits? 
CalFresh benefits are issued on an EBT card that is similar to a debit card. 

When will I get my EBT Card? 
Approved applicants can expect to receive their EBT card and pin number in two separate mailed letters. If you do not receive your EBT card, you may go to to contact your county's customer service center to request one to be mailed out to you OR you may go to CalFresh ( to search for your local county office to request one in-person. 

When are My Benefits loaded?
CalFresh recipients can expect to receive their monthly benefits between the 1st-10th of each month. The last digit of your case number reflects the day you receive your monthly benefits. 

How much will I get each month?
The amount of CalFresh you get depends on various factors, including your household's size, income, and costs. In most cases, students may qualify for the largest amount of $281 per month. 

Will I have to pay back the benefits?
You will not have to pay back any benefits you were eligible to receive. If there is a mistake and you receive more than you are eligible for, you will be responsible for paying that amount back.  

I lost my EBT card. How do I get another one? 
Call 1.877.328.9677 to report your EBT card lost or stolen.

                                       WHAT CAN EBT USED FOR? 

   EBT Card can be used for:

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  • Bread and Cereals 
  • Fruits and Vegetables 
  • Meats, Fish, and Poultry 
  • Dairy Products 
  • Seeds for plant produce 

     EBT Card cannot be used for:

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  • Beer, Wine, Liquor or Tobacco and Hot Foods 
  • Pet Food 
  • Soaps, Toilet Paper 
  • Household Items 
  • Vitamins and Medicine