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Nutrition Assistance Services

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CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistance

CalFresh is California’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program.) This USDA program is the nation’s best defense against hunger and food insecurity. CalFresh helps people with limited income or no income improve access to nutritious food.  Using CalFresh benefits allows households to redistribute income that would otherwise be used for purchasing food. Through community education, application assistance, follow-up assistance, and advocacy Catholic Charities’ CalFresh Outreach increases participation among CalFresh-eligible households by removing barriers to enrollment.


CalFresh FACTS:

  • CalFresh benefits are FREE but you must apply to get them. There are millions of Californians who qualify            but have not applied.
  • People who qualify for CalFresh receive benefits on a plastic debit-like card called the Golden State                        Advantage, it’s also known as EBT card.
  • It doesn’t matter if you own a car, house, or have money in the bank you may still qualify for CalFresh if you            have limited or no income.
  • People who are not eligible can apply on behalf of their children or other people who they buy and prepare           food with.
  • CalFresh stimulates the local economy.  The USDA has shown that every CalFresh dollar spent generates             $1.79 in economic activity!



  • We assist with completion of new applications, reporting forms and required paperwork
  • New rules mean you might qualify even if you have been denied in the past.
  • For many people, getting to a county office can be a hardship.  Call us to find out how we can help.


San Joaquin County: 209-444-5944                                 Stanislaus County: 209-593-6124 
















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