Eligibility Basics

In CalFresh, a household is a group of people who regularly buy and eat food together. The people in a household do not have to be related to each other.

  • Households can be as small as one person.

  • People at the same address can each have their own CalFresh case.

  • You don’t need to have a home to get CalFresh.

Basic Eligibility Questions:

  1. Does anyone in your household have a social security number?

  2. Is your monthly income before taxes less than the amount allowed? Use this chart to see if your household’s monthly income, before taxes and other deductions, is under the limit allowed for your household size.

If you answered YES to both questions, you may qualify for CalFresh. You can apply online or get more information about applying in your county.

If you answered NO, you may still qualify for CalFresh. There are special rules for households that have people who are over 60, disabled and immigrants. See Adults aged 60+, People with Disabilities and Immigrants for more information.