Farmers Markets offer the freshest produce which is often harvested the same day of the market. Many farmers markets accept CalFresh EBT and WIC Farmers Market Checks.
You can buy food as well as plants and seeds to grow food with your CalFresh Benefits. For tips on how to grow your own garden please visit our gardening section by clicking the link below.
Eating healthy food, being active, drinking the right beverages and proper meal planning are essential parts of a balanced lifestyle. Check out our nutrition center to find out how.
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 that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
Find Free Food
Using our interactive map you can find local soup kitchens, food pantries, home-delivered meals, congregate meals and after-school meals for yourself and the rest of your family. Please feel free to click the link below or call 211 for assistance.
Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)
The Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled and homeless CalFresh recipients to use CalFresh benefits to purchase prepared meals at participating restaurants by using their Golden State Advantage (EBT) card.
OC Food Help FAQ's
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 that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your housing expenses. CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a bank card at most food stores.
You can apply for CalFresh by booking an appointment online using our Appointment Plus System or by calling 2-1-1 to make an appointment by phone.
1. Photo ID for all adults
Either Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport
2. Social Security Number
A memorized number is OK
3. Proof of Income
Paycheck, Social Security Award Letter, etc. from the last month
4. Proof of Expenses
Rent or mortgage statement, gas and electric bill, cell phone or home phone bill, childcare expenses, child support, out of pocket medical expenses (for people with a
disability or 60+ years old)
The application should be done in 30 minutes.