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CalFresh (Food Stamps)

CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps and known federally as SNAP, can help families and individuals put healthy and nutritious food on the table. CalFresh provides extra funds to help those who are in need each month to buy groceries. With a CalFresh electronic “debit” card (known as EBT) you can buy most foods at many food stores and farmers markets. The application for CalFresh includes completing eligibility questions that will include forms and an interview with a specialist. Benefits cannot begin until all conditions of eligibility have been verified. The County has up to 30 days to approve or deny the claimant’s application. If certain criteria are met families and individuals may be eligible for Expedited Service and receive benefits within three days of applying.

Am I Eligible

You may be eligible for CalFresh if you and/or your family:

  • Are legal US resident(s)
  • Live in Placer County
  • Meet the income guidelines of the program (see the chart below).

Use the chart to see if your household’s monthly income, before taxes and other deductions, is under the limit allowed for your household size.

Income Guidelines
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income













Most households may be eligible at the higher amount as long as they meet certain criteria.  Gross income limits do not apply to households with an elderly and/or disabled member.  Instead the net monthly income limit is used to determine eligibility.  Net income is calculated after all allowable deductions are taken. 

Where Can I Apply

You can apply for CalFresh in several convenient ways:

On-Line: or
24 hour a day/7 days a week

By Mail:
Access the 5-page application at: 

Return completed application to Placer County, by mail:
       PO Box 20400
       Auburn, CA 95604

By Phone: 
    1-888-385-5160 or 
    916-784-6000 or

In Person:

Auburn at Placer County Government Center
11542 B Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
530-889-7610 Fax - 530-889-7608

1000 Sunset Blvd. #220
Rocklin, CA 95765
916-784-6000 Fax - 916-784-6100

North Lake Tahoe at Carnelian Bay
5225 North Lake Blvd.
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
530-546-1900 Fax - 530-546-1912



Items to Provide

  • Social Security card or application for all household members
  • Photo ID
  • Immigration status
  • Immigration sponsership
  • Current wage stubs or other proof of income

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

The information on this page is for reference only.  Speak to a Human Services staff person for the most up-to-date information.