CalFresh (Food Stamps)
CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps and known federally as SNAP, can help families and individuals put healthy and nutritious food on the table. CalFresh provides extra funds to help those who are in need each month to buy groceries. With a CalFresh electronic “debit” card (known as EBT) you can buy most foods at many food stores and farmers markets.
The application for CalFresh includes completing eligibility questions that will include forms and an interview with a specialist. Benefits cannot begin until all conditions of eligibility have been verified. The County has up to 30 days to approve or deny the claimant’s application. If certain criteria are met families and individuals may be eligible for expedited service and receive benefits within three days of applying.
The information on this page is for reference only. Speak to a Human Services staff person for the most up-to-date information.
You may be eligible for CalFresh if you and/or your family:
- Are legal US resident(s)
- Live in Placer County
- Meet the income guidelines of the program
Income Guidelines (October 1 2018 to September 30, 2019)
Use the chart to see if your household’s monthly income, before taxes and other deductions, is under the limit allowed for your household size.
|Household Size||Gross Monthly Income|
|1||$1,316 to $2,024|
|2||$1,784 to $2,744|
|3||$2,252 to $3,464|
|4||$2,720 to $4,184|
|5||$3,188 to $4,904|
|6||$3,656 to $5,624|
Most households may be eligible at the higher amount as long as they meet certain criteria. Gross income limits do not apply to households with an elderly and/or disabled member. Instead the net monthly income limit is used to determine eligibility. Net income is calculated after all allowable deductions are taken.
You can apply for CalFresh in several convenient ways.
Access the 5-page application (PDF) and return the completed application to Placer County, by mail at:
P.O. Box 20400
Auburn, CA 95604
- Auburn at Placer County Government Center Office
- North Lake Tahoe at Carnelian Bay Office
- Rocklin Office
- Community organizations that can help you apply
Items to provide include:
- Current wage stubs or other proof of income
- Immigration sponsorship
- Immigration status
- Items that prove your identity
- Social Security card or application for all household members
You will be given time following the interview to provide the requested items. If you need help, the county can assist you in obtaining the necessary verification.