Assistance for individuals and families to purchase nutritious food

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COVID-19 Update

  • Until further notice, California is providing emergency CalFresh supplement allotments to eligible households beginning in March 2020.
  • For the benefit months of March 2020 - March 2021 the emergency allotment raised each household’s regular monthly CalFresh benefit to the maximum allowable allotment based on their eligible household size. Households already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size did not receive an additional supplement. Beginning with the benefit month of April 2021 onward, all CalFresh households will receive at least $95 in emergency allotments regardless if a household is already receiving the maximum allowable for their household size. Households that received an emergency allotment under the previous policy of less than $95 will now receive $95. Households that received an emergency allotment under the previous policy of greater than $95 will continue to receive the greater amount.  Please see HERE for the issuance for emergency allotments.
  • If you are applying for assistance, submitting verifications, reporting a loss of income, or have questions, we encourage you to use remote access options found HERE.
  • SAR 7s and recertifications are not currently waived and need to be submitted by their due dates.
  • Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act suspended the work requirement for all Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs).
  • CalFresh ABAWD recipients may continue to receive CalFresh benefits without having to meet the work requirement so long as they comply with CalFresh reporting requirements.

For more COVID-19 information, click here

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly assistance for low or no income individuals and families to purchase nutritious food. The CalFresh program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to an ATM card, to purchase food at retail stores and farmers markets that accept EBT cards.

All CalFresh applications and recertifications must be processed as soon as possible. CalFresh applications must be processed no later than thirty (30) calendar days from the date the application is received by the County. The County must notify the applicant in writing, if the case is approved or denied, no later than 30 calendar days from the date the County receives the CalFresh application. If you qualify based on an emergency situation, you may be eligible to receive CalFresh Expedited Service benefits within three (3) calendar days from the date the application is received by the County. If you are having problems with your CalFresh application, please email

Reasonable Accommodations

Do you have any physical, mental, developmental, or emotional conditions that make it hard for you to apply for benefits or meet program requirements? We can give you extra help. We call this type of help a reasonable accommodation.

To request a reasonable accommodation for CalFresh, you may:

  1. Ask any Alameda County Social Services Agency employee helping you with your CalFresh case, or
  2. Call the Customer Service Call Center at 510-263-2420 or 1-888-999-4772, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. People with a speech or hearing impairment may use TTY at (877) 735-2929 (California Relay), or
  3. Request an accommodation in writing and upload it to the online Virtual Kiosk or mail it to P.O. Box 12941, Oakland, CA 94604.

The law protects people with physical, mental, emotional, and developmental disabilities as well as others with serious health problems (42 U.S.C. § 12132). For more information please review the PUB 13 and USDA Nondiscrimination Statement