Application Process

Steps to Apply for CalFresh

  1. Application prescreening with a member of our team.

  2. If eligible, complete and submit application with a member of our team (the CalFresh application is available for you to complete online on your own, but we highly encourage you to apply with the help of our CalFresh outreach team. This will enable our team to support you through the application and process. 

  3. Once the application is received by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) through an online or paper submission, your 30-day application time frame begin.

  4. You will need to complete an intake interview with a DPSS social worker by phone or in person. Your county social service department will either call or mail you a date and time for your intake interview. Let the CalFresh outreach team know if  you have not heard from the county within the first 7 days.

  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 if you do not submit verification documents that meet their requirements. Examples of verification documents include: copy of ID, proof of address, pay stubs, financial aid award letter and schedule, veterans-proof of military status such as a DD-214 or military ID,