CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps)

What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish at many markets and grocery stores.

The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

At the Federal level, the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. In California, the CalFresh Program is supervised at the state level by the California Department of Social Services and is administered at the local level by each County Welfare Department.

How to Apply for CalFresh:

In Contra Costa County you can apply for CalFresh in several different ways:
  • Complete an online application from any computer 24 hours 7 days a week at
  • Mail a completed application to any district office listed below.
  • Visit any of our 5 district office locations:

East County

Central County

West County

4545 Delta Fair Boulevard

400 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill

151 Linus Pauling Drive

151 Sand Creek Road


1305 Macdonald Avenue

                All office hours:

8:00AM - 12:00PM and 12:30 - 5:00PM


Monday - Friday

 For questions and assistance, please call the 24 hour toll free automated information line:
(877) 505-4630.