​​​​What is CalFresh?

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), is known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh 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 grocery stores and farmers markets that accept EBT cards. It enables you to buy more food, improve health and nutrition, and stretch your grocery budget.

How To Apply for CalFresh

Online at:  mybenefitscalwin.org or GetCalFresh.org

By Mail: P.O. Box 487 Sacramento, CA 95812

By phone: (916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499

In person:

2700 Fulton Ave.
Sacramento, CA 9582
3960 Research Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95838
1725 28th St
Sacramento, CA 95816
2450 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
210 North Lincoln Way
Galt, CA 95822
5747 Watt Ave.
North Highlands, CA 95660

Office Hours Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

By Fax: (916) 874-2729 or e-fax (916) 854-9223

CalFresh applications CF 285 can be found on the State website.

If applying for CalFresh and another program such as Medi-Cal or CalWORKs, use the form SAWS 2 Plus.

Translations for both forms can be found on the State website translated forms Search for CF285 or SAWS2 Plus.

For information about your case or to submit documents

Call the Service Center and follow the prompts at (916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499

Service Center Hours Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Online: visit mybenefitscalwin.org 24 hours a day

In person: See Office Locations above

By Fax: (916) 876-8454 or e-fax (916) 854-9225

​Minimum Requirements to file a CalFresh Application

Sacramento County encourages applicants to complete as much of the application as possible to minimize delays, however, the minimum requirements to file an application are:

  • ​Name
  • ​Address
  • Signature

Expedited Services CalFresh (ES)

​ES is available to certain applicants. If you are eligible for ES, your application must be processed within three (3) days of your CalFresh application date.

You may be eligible for ES if we can verify your identity and you meet one (1) of the following requirements:

  •  Your household's monthly gross income (before taxes) is less than $150.00 and your liquid resources are $100.00 or less.
  •  Your household's combined monthly gross income and liquid resources are less that the combined monthly rent/mortgage and utility expenses
  •  You are a migrant or seasonal worker with $100.00 or less in liquid resources

SAR 7 Information

Many households must complete a SAR 7 six (6) months after applying for CalFresh or recertifying. The SAR 7 is due by the 5th of the month.

Complete your SAR online at mybenefitscalwin.org or find the form here SAR 7 and submit by mail or in person.

Need help completing the SAR7:

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:

  • Verbally by calling the Service Center at​​ (916) 874-3100 or while speaking to a worker about your case
  • ​Submit a written request online, by mail, by fax, or in person

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.