CalFresh Increases Access to Healthy Foods

Did you know that it’s possible to apply and be fully evaluated for CalFresh without ever having to visit a County office?

Applications can be completed online, by phone and mail.  Any follow-up activities can be completed via phone and over the mail as well.

And this month, during Cal Fresh Awareness Month in California, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and its community partners will be at several community events where people can apply for the benefits. For a list of the events in May, visit the 2-1-1 CalFresh events site.

CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, is California’s federal food assistance program and has been around since 1964. The program is designed to help low-income families and individuals increase access to fresh and healthy food, part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.

There are just over 295,000 San Diego County residents receiving CalFresh benefits, up 5.5 percent from last April.

Eligibility and the amount of benefits issued depend on your household size, income and certain living expenses.

Information about CalFresh, including how to apply, is available online or by calling 2-1-1.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact