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CalFresh Program

The CalFresh Program, California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and formerly known as Food Stamps, assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food.

Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

Electronic Benefits Transfer Card

If you qualify for CalFresh assistance, you will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit card. You can use your card to purchase food items at participating stores, or check your account balance, find retailers, and ATMS that accept the EBT card.

Introducing the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program!

This program enables eligible CalFresh recipients to purchase a nutritious prepared meal at participating restaurants with their EBT debit card.

Who Can Use the Program

This program is available to persons that receive CalFresh who:

  • Are experiencing homelessness;
  • Are age 60 or over; or
  • Have a disability.

Where Can You Use the Program

Participating restaurants have an "EBT Cards Accepted Here" sign displayed and include:


  • 1964 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville, CA 95076.
  • 825 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
  • 2215 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
  • 811 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Togo’s Sandwiches

  • 849-B Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
  • 902 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

This SNAP-Ed Program provides opportunities to income qualified households to learn about healthy eating, obesity prevention, and physical activities along with food distribution activities.

  • Passion for Produce (P4P) is a peer-run nutrition class followed by free produce distribution providing the ingredients, education, and support for making healthy eating choices. Open to everyone.
  • Food for Children (FFC) distributes fresh produce and other food, along with nutritional information, healthy food tastings, and options for physical activities. Restricted to income eligible households.
  • To see if you are eligible read the CDSS Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) 2015 Income Guidelines.
  • Class times are subject to change. Please contact the Community Food Hotline at (831) 662-0991 to verify class availability.