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CalFresh (Food Stamps)

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CalFresh (Food Stamps)
Published on: 3/14/2012 12:00 AM
CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrutional Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you.
The amount of benefits you can receive is dependent on your family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, and so forth.
All U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents may qualify to receive CalFresh benefirts. Families, as well as individuals with no children, may qualify.
The program issues monthly benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. These benefits are issued on an Electornic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which looks like any other credit card.
Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products.
Read about how CalFresh has helped feed the community in Nevada County:  HHSA "Stronger Together" Publication

How to Apply:

You can start an application for CalFresh at the C4Yourself Website
Use the general application form  if applying for more than one program (example CalWORKs, CalFresh and Medi-Cal or CMSP). Access the County Program Verification List  for items you may need to provide to support your application.  Complete and print the form, then mail or deliver it to the Nevada City or Truckee office.
You can also visit our Nevada City or Truckee offict to apply in person, call to request an application be mailed to you, or e-mailus with any questions.
Access the California Department of Social Services CalFresh Site for more information on the CalFresh programYou may also e-mail us with any questions.

Benefit Status:

A notice of action is mailed to you when your benefits are approved, denied, discontinued, or if your benefit amount changes.   You can call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System at (877) 410-8825, the worker or team of workers assigned to your case to check the status of your application or benefits.  You may access an estimate of eligibility at the California Department of Social Services website.  Do not rely on the results as the final decision as there are many program rules that may be specific to your situation that could qualify you for benefits.  Always consult your local social services department for a complete determination. 
If your CalFresh is approved, your benefits will be issued to you with an Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT)
Sometimes an applicant or recipient doesn't agree with an action that a county worker takes regarding their benefits.  If you disagree with an action taken regarding your benefits, you can file for a fair hearing.
Fraud is an intentional attempt to receive unauthorized public assistance payments or benefits. For more information, see the Public Assistance Fraud page.

Who We Collaborate With to Increase Food Accessibility and Education

211 Nevada County
 is a resource and information hub than connects people with community programs and services through a searchable web page and 24/7 local call center. 211 Nevada County assists the community in locating food resources in the area.  They also provide information about the CalFresh program and can assist you with the application process.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
(BBBS) of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe  is a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a national non-profit agency.  Our local chapter provides successful mentoring relationships for all children who want and need them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures and a stronger community for all.  BBBS of Nevada County provides CalFresh outreach and application assistance to the families they serve.


The Family Resource Center of Truckee 
is dedicated to promote social and economic success in the community by providing education, mobilizing resources and advocating for change.  They serve more than 1,000 families each year.  The Family Resource Center of Truckee provides CalFresh outreach at food distribution sites in collaboration with Project MANA.


Interfaith Food Ministry
is a non-profit dedicated to providing supplemental food to families in Western Nevada County.  They have provided supplemental food to the community since 1987, serving 700,000+ seniors, families with children, and single adults.  Interfaith Food Ministry also provides CalFresh outreach and application assistance to their customers and the community.


Public Health Department - Women, Infant, Children (WIC) Program
is a program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, stay healthy and be active.  They provide local and online Nutritional Education, as well as breastfeeding support.  WIC also assists their customers with information and application assistance for the CalFresh program.


Sierra Harvest
is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting Nevada County’s families to fresh, local, seasonal food.  They accomplish this by offering farm to school programming, supporting farm fresh school meals, mentoring aspiring farmers and gardeners, celebrating our local food community and advocating for just, sustainable and organic food systems.  Sierra Harvest provides a CalFresh outreach and education at their events and assists the community in the CalFresh application process.


The Friendship Club
provides a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at developing the whole girl; not just the academic, social, responsible, or creative part of the girl, but all of those. They offer a year-round program that serves about 80-100 girls at-risk in sixth through twelfth grades. The Friendship club provides CalFresh outreach and application assistance to the families they serve.
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Sara Connor
Program Manager
Public Assistance

950 Maidu Avenue Suite 120
Nevada City, Ca 95959
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.265.1340
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