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Trying to Apply for Food Stamps in California? Start Here


Depending on the county you are applying in, there are different rules and regulations. Each county has its own application process and steps to go through. Read on for more information on how to get food stamps and check out Grocery Coupon Network for savings at you local grocery store.


How to Tell if You Are Eligible


Before applying, you need to see if you are even eligible. Why waste your time going through the paperwork and waiting in lines, if you are not even eligible?


These questions below only help you determine if you MIGHT be eligible. Each county's restrictions are different, so it is important to check with them before considering yourself ineligible due to these questions.


  1. Does a person within your household have a Social Security Number?
  2. is your household gross income at or below the below scale?:
    • 1 person in the household- $1,211 monthly income
    • 2 people in the household- $1,640 monthly income
    • 3 people in the household- $2,069 monthly income
    • 4 people in the household- $2,498 monthly income
    • 5 people in the household- $2,927 monthly income
    • 6 people in the household- $3,356 monthly income
    • 7 people in the household- $3,785 monthly income
    • 8 people in the household- $4,217 monthly income
    • Adding an additional person per household after 8 - an additional $429 per person over 8


If you answered YES to both of these questions you are likely eligible. But keep in mind that if you said NO to one of these, there is a possibility of you still being eligible.


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Social Security and Food Stamps


Unfortunately, in the state of California, those that already receive Social Security benefits cannot also receive food stamp benefits. This is mostly due to the fact that the amount of money that has been assigned for Social Security includes funds towards groceries.


Basically, Social Security benefits already have food money baked in, therefore making food stamps unnecessary (in the eyes of the government at least, I am sure some of those receiving Social Security benefit would argue differently).


Senior Citizens and Those with Disabilities


In the case of those that have documented disabilities or are of a certain age (considered senior citizens in the State of California), medical expenses, rent or mortgage costs, electricity bills, and dependent care costs can be deducted from your gross monthly income amount.


These deductions could easily put you in the range to be accepted to receive food stamps in California.


California Food Stamps for Immigrants


Immigrants with citizenship or legal permanent residence are entitled to food stamps if their income levels are within the above guidelines.


Families or households with mixed-statuses (meaning some members have become legal citizens or have legal residency and some yet do not)- can still be helped with food stamp assistance.


Applying for foods stamps within California does not affect any US residency application process. Also, when contacting the state of California, there are forms and people to talk to in both English and Spanish (other languages also available in the paperwork).


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How to Apply for Food Stamps


The first step of the food stamp process is the application. In the State of California, there are now a few way to start the process (in the past, the only way was to go to the office that handles Food Stamps):


  • Call the California Food Stamp Hotline - (877) 847-3663 - This toll-free number is great for both english and spanish speakers. You can even enter your zip code to get your specific county's application. During business hours you can talk to a representative.
  • Contact your County Welfare Department - You can find the phone number within your phone book or online.
  • Download your Food Stamp Application.
  • Receive snf Application at Community Offices- There are many places that have applications ready - legal aid offices, food banks, welfare offices, etc.
  • Apply Online- Depending on your county, you can apply online.
    • If you live in :Napa, Sierra, Shasta, Lassen, Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Amador, Calaveras, Siskiyou, Yuba, Plumas, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Jaoquin, Placer, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Madera, Marin, Lake, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Mendocino, Trinity, Tehama, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Nevad, Sutter, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne counties then you can apply here.
    • If you live in Alameda, Yolo, Orange, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Contra Costa, Fresno, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Tulare, and Ventura counties apply here.
    • Those in Los Angeles apply here.


Good luck in your Food Stamp application process!


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