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The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

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For more information about eligibility requirements, visit our eligibility requirements page .

To find out how to apply for benefits in your county, please call the toll free number 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).

To Apply Online:  Benefitscal.com Website

Important Message – Federal Reduction in Benefits effective November 1, 2013

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There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears
to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. The unsolicited
callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP
application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never
provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited
callers. This outside entity that has “spoofed” the SNAP toll free information hotline number
is not affiliated with FNS or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls
from 1-800-221-5689, 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.
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