CalFresh

It may be weeks or months before you get a job or begin using your GI Bill education benefits.  San Bernardino County has services such as CalFresh that can provide temporary assistance as you transition from military service.

CalFresh is a benefit program to help people with limited income to buy the food they need for good health. CalFresh benefits are not cash. CalFresh benefits are provided on an electronic card this is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores.

CalFresh is a benefit program to help people with limited income to buy the food they need for good health. CalFresh benefits are not cash. CalFresh benefits are provided on an electronic card this is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores.

To get CalFresh benefits, your income has to be under a certain limit.

Income

There are two income limits: gross and net. Your total income before taxes or any other subtractions is called gross income. However, certain subtractions to your gross income, called deductions, are allowed. Deductions can include: housing cost, child support payments, child or dependent care payments and monthly medical expenses over $35 for elderly or disabled people. The amount left over aftre these deductions is called net income.

Benefit Amount

The amount of CalFrsh benefits a person or family can receive is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The plan estimates how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious low-cost meals. The estimates are revised every year to keep pace with changes in food prices.

The current gross and net income limits and maximum benefit amounts can be found at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/tad/Pages/Receiving-CalFresh.aspx

Specific eligibilty requirements for CalFresh consider citizenship, income and othr factors. Generally, benefits are available to low-income individuals and families who are:

  • U.S. citizens, or
  • Legal immigrants who:
    • Have lived in the country for five (5) years, or
    • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date, or
    • Are children under 18 years of age, regardless of entry date.

Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for CalFresh effective June 2019.

To receive CalFresh benefits, eligibilty requirements must be met in the following areas:

  • Citizenship/Immigration status,
  • Income,
  • Residence,
  • Work registration, and
  • Applying for a Social Security Number.

Other requirements may apply based on individual/family circumstances.

Families and individuls requesting CalFresh must complete an application form. You can apply for CalFresh benefits by:

  • Completing an on-line application at www.C4Yourself.com.
  • Requesting an application be mailed to you through the Customer Service Centr at 1-877-410-8829.
  • Calling 2-1-1 to apply over the telephone.
  • Printing and completing the application from the from http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/CF285.pdf (file not found) and mailing it to the closest Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) office.
  • Completing an application at a local TAD office located throughout the county. (see other side for list).

Families and individuals can request their application be processed as Expedited Service (ES) when applying for CalFresh. Applications that meet ES qualifications are to be processed within three (3) working days.

Transitional Assistance Locations

29 Palms
73629 Sun Valley Dr.
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Adelanto
10875 Rancho Rd.
Adelanto, CA 92301

Apple Valley
13886 Cntral Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92307

Barstow
1900 E. Main St.
Barstow, CA 92311

Colton
1900 W. Valley Blvd.
Colton, CA 92324

Del Rosa
1895 Del Rosa Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92494

Fontana
7977 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335

Hesperia
9655 9th Ave.
Hesperia, CA 92345

Hesperia Medi-Cal Office
15980 Main St.
Hesperia, CA 92345

Needles
1090 E. Broadway St.
Needles, CA 92363

Ontario
1647 E. Holt Ave.
Ontario, CA 91761

Ontario Medi-Cal Office
1627 E. Holt Ave.
Ontario, CA 91761

Rancho Cucamonga
10825 Arrow Rte.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Redlands
1811 W. Lugonia Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374

Rialto
1175 W. Foothill Blvd.
Rialto, CA 92376

San Bernardino
265 E. Fourth St.
San Bernardino, CA 92415

San Bernardino
2050 N. Massachusetts
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Victorville
15010 Palmdale Rd.
Victorville, CA 92392

Yucaipa
32353 Yucaipa Rd.
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Yucca Valley
56357 Pima Trl.
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

To inquire about your benefits, please call our Customer Service Center.
1-877-410-8829
To apply for benefits, please visit www.C4Yourself.com

This table lists gross and net income limits for CalFresh. If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled only the net income limit must be met.

Effective Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020

People in
Household
Gross Monthly
Income
Net Monthly
Income
1$1,354$1,041
2$1,832$1,410
3$2,311$1,778
4$2,790$2,146
5$3,269$2,515
6$3,748$2,883
7$4,227 $3,251
8$4,795$3,620
Each addt’l$479$369

Effective Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020This table lists the maximum CalFresh benefits for households with zero income. As your income increases, your CalFresh benefit amount goes down.

Effective Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020

People in
Household
Maximum Monthly
Benefit
1$194
2$355
3$509
4$646
5$768
6$921
7$1,018
8$1,164
Each addt’l$146