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 About Food Stamps

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

  • Food stamp benefits can help you and your family eat nutritious foods. You may qualify even if you work full time.
  • You can buy food at any supermarket, grocery store, or certified farmers' market that accepts the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system.

Am I eligible to receive food stamps?

  • Find out quickly if you are 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.

Where can I get more information about other nutrition assistance programs (e.g. free or reduced-price school meals)?

  • Call toll-free 1-888-328-3483.
  • Visit the USDA's Food Assistance Programs Web site.
  • Download the USDA's Income Guideline chart to find out if you are eligible for assistance.
  • Contact your Regional Network agency directly. Click Local Contact Information. Then, click on your region on the California map to get local contact information. They can help you find the closest place for you to get more information. We have over 150 agencies in California—and they all want to help you.
  • Visit your Regional Network's Web site for a list of events—like free health clinics, health fairs, and farmers' markets—going on in your area. Click on your region on the California map below to find their Web address.

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

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  • Share your story with us. Send an e-mail to [email protected].
  • Contact your Regional Network agency directly. Click Local Contact Information. Then, click on your region on the California map to get local contact information.

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How can I find a nutrition or physical activity agency in
my area?

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

976 Lenzen Ave., Unit 1200
San Jose, CA 95126-2737

(408) 792-5118

Contact: Joe Prickitt, MS, RD
[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

1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906

(831) 755-4675

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

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
[email protected]


Orange County Region

Counties: Orange

Orange County Health Care Agency

1725 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 834-8092

Contact: Anna Luciano
[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 318, 3rd Floor
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

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]

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