CalFresh (Food Stamps)

CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps and known federally as SNAP, can help families and individuals put healthy and nutritious food on the table. CalFresh provides extra funds to help those who are in need each month to buy groceries. With a CalFresh electronic “debit” card (known as EBT) you can buy most foods at many food stores and farmers markets.

The application for CalFresh includes completing eligibility questions that will include forms and an interview with a specialist. Benefits cannot begin until all conditions of eligibility have been verified. The County has up to 30 days to approve or deny the claimant’s application. If certain criteria are met families and individuals may be eligible for expedited service and receive benefits within three days of applying.

The information on this page is for reference only. Speak to a Human Services staff person for the most up-to-date information.

  1. Am I Eligible
  2. Where Can I Apply
  3. Items to Provide
  4. FAQs

You may be eligible for CalFresh if you and/or your family:

  • Are legal US resident(s)
  • Live in Placer County
  • Meet the income guidelines of the program

Income Guidelines (October 1 2019 to September 30, 2020)

Use the chart to see if your household’s monthly income, before taxes and other deductions, is under the limit allowed for your household size.

Household SizeGross Monthly Income
1$1,354 to $2,082
2$1,832 to $2,820
3$2,311 to $3,556
4$2,790 to $4,292
5$3,269 to $5,030
6$3,748 to $5,766

Most households may be eligible at the higher amount as long as they meet certain criteria. Gross income limits do not apply to households with an elderly and/or disabled member. Instead the net monthly income limit is used to determine eligibility. Net income is calculated after all allowable deductions are taken.