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The CalFresh program provides monthly benefits to help low-income individuals or families purchase healthy and nutritious food. 

Set up your online account for Medi-Cal or CalFresh (food stamps) at

You can also apply for the CalFresh program online at or you can text "FOOD" to 74544 to apply over the phone with *mRelief.

*By providing Yolo County with your phone number, you agree to receive text messages through the mRelief service for CalFresh benefits



 Due to the Federal Government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most

participants will be issued early, between January 15-20.


If individuals receive their February CalFresh benefits early, they should plan their food budget

knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of



If individuals receive CalFresh and have a report due in January that has not been turned in, please complete that process

so approved benefits can be issued February 1-10.


New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited services are

available, as usual. The EBT system also continues to be operational.


Unless the federal shutdown is resolved, benefits for March MAY NOT be

available. We are waiting for federal guidance and will keep you informed.




CalFresh benefits are provided to eligible, low-income “households.” A household can be one person, a group of people, a family, or any combination of people that buy and prepare food together. Children living with their parents are considered part of the same household until age 22.

Many legal non-citizens are eligible for CalFresh benefits.  Even if you can’t get CalFresh benefits for yourself, other members of your household may be eligible.

Benefits are based on household size and household income, with deductions allowed for certain expenses such as housing.

**If you meet the criteria for "Expedited Service" (it is determined that you need food assistance immediately), you may be able to get CalFresh assistance within 3 days of submitting your application. 

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive CalFresh benefits?

  • How do I get my CalFresh benefits?

  • How will I know if my application for CalFresh has been approved?

  • I am a student. Am I eligible for CalFresh?

  • If I am receiving SSI/SSP, can I also receive CalFresh benefits?

  • What do I do if I disagree with an action taken by the Health and Human Services Agency on my CalFresh case?

  • What do I do if I lose my EBT card?

  • What foods can I buy with my EBT card?

  • What will my CalFresh benefit amount be?

  • Where do I apply for CalFresh (formerly food stamps) or Medi-Cal?


Food Insecurity Resources

Yolo Food Bank - 233 Harter Ave - Woodland CA 95776 - (530) 668-0690

for food distribution calendars and sites, please click here.

Mercy Coalition - 3605 Gregory Ave - West Sacramento CA 95605 - (916) 371-6706

(free lunches everyday Mon - Fri at 11am to noon - 500 Jefferson Blvd. West Sacramento)


Subscribe to FreshText

FreshText connects people to food in their area via a free phone texting program. See flyer here.

If you would like to subscribe to receive text messages about food distribution sites in your area

simply text 888777 to the keyword(s) below:


For Davis: Text TOMATO to 888777

For UCD Students: Text AGGIES to 888777

For Esparto and Guinda: Text WALNUT to 888777 

For Winters: Text ALMOND to 888777

For West Sacramento: Text GRAPE to 888777

For Woodland: Text OLIVE to 888777

For Dunnigan, Yolo, and Knights Landing: Text RICE to 888777

 Contact Us 


25 N. Cottonwood Street

Woodland, CA 95695



500-A Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100

West Sacramento, CA 95605



111 East Grant Avenue

Winters, CA, 95694 





 600 A Street 

Davis, CA 95616


Days and Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm