Food Stamps Can Help

Food Stamps Can Help

  • Do you need help buying food?
  • Do you need help getting healthy food?
  • Do you know what food stamps are?
  • Do you want to know if you qualify for food stamps?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you should know that food stamps can help. Here are some common questions and answers about food stamps.

What are food stamps?

  • The Food Stamp Program provides benefits to those who need it most even those who work full time, own their home, and own cars.
  • Food stamps can help you buy the food you need for good health. If you have difficulty paying all the bills and buying food, food stamps can really help.
  • Food stamps are provided on an electronic card (called an EBT card) that can be used like a debit card to buy food.
  • Food stamps can be used at supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers' markets, and flea markets where EBT cards are accepted.

Why is it important to eat healthy foods?

  • The food you eat each day affects your health for a lifetime. It helps you determine how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.
  • Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day can help lower your risk of serious health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer.

I need help buying food. Where can I get help?

  • There are food stamp offices in every county of California. They can determine whether you qualify for benefits.
  • Call toll-free 1-877-847-3663.
  • Learn where to apply for food stamps in your county at
  • CalFresh

How do I know if I am eligible to receive food stamps?

  • Find out if you may be eligible to receive food stamps by visiting
  • This free site has a few short questions to help you figure out if you might qualify for food stamps. It can also help you learn how to apply for food stamps in your county.
  • Or, call toll-free 1-877-847-3663.

Where can I find a food stamp office in my area?

Where can I get information about other nutrition assistance programs, like free or reduced-price school meals?

  • Call toll-free 1-888-328-3483.
  • Visit the USDA Food Assistance Programs Web site for many programs that can help your kids eat nutritious meals at school.
  • Visit your Regional Network's Web site. They may offer helpful workshops and events in your area like free health clinics, health fairs, and farmers' markets. Using the California map, click on your region to find the Web address.


California State Nutrition Agency Map

The Network has over 150 agencies serving California in 11 different regions. Mouse over your region on the California map to find an agency near you.


Bay Area Region

Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Public Health Department - Nutrition and Wellness

1400 Parkmore, Ste. 120 B
San Jose, CA 95126

(408) 793-2710

Contact: Joe Prickitt
[email protected]


Los Angeles Region

Counties: Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services - Nutrition Program

3530 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 351-7875

Contact: Suzanne Bogert
[email protected]


Central Coast Region

Counties: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz

Monterey County Dept. of Health Community Health Division

632 E. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905

(831) 796-2894

Contact: Christine Moss
[email protected]


North Coast Region

Counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma

California Health Collaborative

1101 College Ave., Suite 215
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

(707) 543-5810 ext. 203

Contact: Jennifer McClendon
[email protected]


Central Valley Region

Counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare

Central Valley Health Network

1987 N. Gateway, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93727

(559) 255-4300 ext. 17

Contact: Nichole Mosqueda-Curtin
[email protected]


Orange County Region

Counties: Orange

Orange County Health Care Agency

1725 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 834-8673

Contact: Anna Luciano-Acenas
[email protected]


Desert Sierra Region

Counties: Inyo, Riverside, and San Bernardino

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health

351 North Mt. View Ave., 1st Fl.
San Bernardino, CA 92415

(909) 387-6320

Contact: Jeanne Silberstein
[email protected]


San Diego & Imperial Region

Counties: Imperial and San Diego

UCSD, Community Pediatrics

4305 University Ave., Suite 590
San Diego, CA 92105

(619) 955-1041

Contact: Blanca Melendrez
[email protected]


Gold Coast Region

Counties: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

Ventura County Public Health Department

2323 Knoll Drive, Suite 322
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 677-5254

Contact: Alicia Padilla Villicana
[email protected]


Sierra Cascade Region

Counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity

California Health Collaborative

25 Jan Court, Suite 130
Chico, CA 95928

(530) 345-2483 ext. 215

Contact: Patricia Mannel
[email protected]


Gold Country Region

Counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba

Health Education Council

3950 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 600
West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 556-3344

Contact: Ramona Mosley
[email protected]


Network for a Healthy California

Regional Networks
Valerie Quinn (916) 552-9908 [email protected]
Reba Meigs (916) 449-5410 [email protected]
Jackie Richardson (916) 449-5398 [email protected]
Monet Parham-Lee (916) 552-9906 [email protected]

Sierra Cascade Region North Coast Region Gold Country Region Bay Area Region Central Valley Region Desert Sierra Region Central Coast Region Gold Coast Region Los Angeles Region Orange County Region San Diego / Imperial Valley Region


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Did You Know?

  • Food stamp benefits are going up! Due to the stimulus package, you get more food stamp benefits. Learn more with this fact sheet (PDF 404KB).
  • Using food stamps can help you buy more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
  • Eating healthy foods can help you feel more energetic.
  • Well-nourished children do better in school.
  • Even if you work full-time, you may be eligible to receive food stamps. Answer these short questions to find out if you may qualify.