Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services’ CalFresh page

Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services’ CalFresh page

The CalFresh program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (similar to a bank debit card) that can be used to buy most foods such as bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish at many markets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

At the Federal level, the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. In California, the CalFresh Program is supervised at the state level by the California Department of Social Services and is administered at the local level by each County Welfare Department.

About Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services:

The Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) provides an array of services and administers benefit programs to nearly 350,000 people in our county each month. Our highly dedicated staff members work in partnership with many equally dedicated community agencies to promote independence and self-sufficiency to reduce poverty. We provide services to children, older and disabled adults, families, Veterans, and community members to access resources that support, protect and empower individuals and families.

EHSD’s vision is for Contra Costa County to be a thriving community where all individuals and families can be healthy, safe, secure and self-sufficient.


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