What can CalFresh benefits be used to purchase?

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase:

  • Beans, fish, poultry, meat
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk and cheese
  • Rice, bread, tortillas, cereal
  • Seeds and plants that produce food

CalFresh cannot be used to buy:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes
  • Foods that will be eaten in the store
  • Non-food items (pet food, toilet paper, diapers, soap, etc.)
  • Vitamins and medicine
  • Any food marketed to be heated in the store

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1. Who can receive CalFresh benefits?
2. How do I apply for CalFresh?
3. What can CalFresh benefits be used to purchase?
4. How much CalFresh will I get?
5. If I am receiving SSI/SSP, can I also receive CalFresh benefits?
6. I attend school. Am I still eligible for CalFresh benefits?