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Application Process

Application Process

Step 1: Application Screening 

You can check "Am I Eligible?" tab to prescreen yourself and see if you are eligible for calfresh benefits

Step 2: If eligible, complete and submit application at 

For step-by-step instructions for completing the online application, see the CalFresh Manual

Step 3: Once the application is received through online submission, your 30-day time frame begins.

Step 4: You will need to complete your intake interview by phone or in person

Your county social service department will either call or mail you a date and time for your intake interview

Expect to hear back from the county within 7 days of your application submission date

Step 5: After your interview, you will be required to provide verification documents to your county office to complete your application. Your application will not be approved until you submit verification documents that meet their requirements.

Examples of verification documentation include:

Copy of ID (California ID, passport, driver's license)

Proof of address (PG&E bill, letter from county regarding CalFresh)

Income Verification if employed (Pay stub)

Financial aid award letter 

Student Meal Plan

FAFSA Aid Report

Student Enrollment Information (Enrollment verification form/schedule)

More information on how to get these verification forms here!


1. Submit online application

2. Complete an in person or over the phone interview (within 7 days)

3. Submit Verifications (within 30 days) 

NOTE: If they are not received within 10 days of your intake interview, then you will automatically receive a denial notice. However, YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY DENIED until you have reached 30 days from the date of your application. If you miss the initial 10-day deadline it is OK, just get your verifications to the county as soon as possible.

4. Congratulations, you've completed the process!

If you have any questions about the process contact us at (209) 228-4187 or