Food Stamps / CalFresh

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Apply online here instead of by mail, phone, or in-person.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

CalFresh, Hot Food Waiver, Food Banks

Rules about income, money, and legal status.

CalFresh time limits; How to keep getting CalFresh benefits (certification periods); Failing to fill out or submit the Semi-Annual Report form (SAR 7); Coming in for an interview before the certification period is over; Restoration of "non-assistance" CalFresh benefits after curing the basis for termination; What happens if the household moves; Replacing CalFresh benefits if something happens to them; Non-work program penalties.

Some people who are homeless may qualify for food help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.

No one is ineligible for either CalFresh or CalWORKs because of a prior felony drug conviction.

People with losses from the fires in 7 counties can apply for one month of food benefits on a EBT card you can use at authorized grocery stores. Covered fires include those in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties. Grocery stores in those counties and six others (Contra Costa, Marin, Orange, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter) can allow Disaster CalFresh benefits to be used to purchase hot or prepared food, in addition to regularly allowable foods.

Check out some useful resource videos on public benefit.

Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.

You can also call 1 (800) 621 - 3362.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Basic information about living in the United States and finding services.

BayLegal provides some answers for your questions about assistance, benefits and housing. Residents who suffered damage or losses from the fires that began on October 8, 2017 may register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Register by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or the TTY number 1-800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

BayLegal is available to assist and will give priority to emergency needs arising from the fires, including: Emergency public benefits such as D-SNAP to access food and CalWORKs, FEMA benefits and claims process, Housing questions specifically related to the fires (ex. ongoing obligations,
getting possessions, etc), Insurance issues, Employment issues, Missing identity documents, Connecting to local resources and statewide pro bono assistance

Phone numbers for your county's social services.

Information on D-Snap and Snap eligibility and benefits

Search by city, zip code, or phone area code.

The LSNC CalFresh Guide provides an independent, authoritative resource for advocates in California helping low-income households get and keep their CalFresh benefits.

What to do if the CalFresh office has done something wrong.

Underissuances: getting too few CalFresh benefits, and overissuances: getting too many CalFresh benefits.

This online tool can help see if you qualify.

Provides low-income seniors with check booklets to purchase fresh food.

How do I request a fair hearing regarding my public assistance benefits? I need an In-Home Supportive Services provider denial hearing. I would like to contact the State Hearing Division about Paraphrased Regulations and Notes.

Locations of farmers' markets throughout the state.

Details about employment and training, workfare, and referrals.