How Do You Get Food Stamps in California?


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A person gets food stamps in California by determining eligibility, gathering supporting documents, submitting an application with supporting documentation and receiving approval for the CalFresh program. Applications are submitted by postal mail, face-to-face and online via the official website.

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If submitting the application by mail or online, call the local office to schedule an interview. If submitting the application in person, an interview is scheduled. Eligibility is determined by a case worker during the face-to-face interview.

During the interview, the applicant submits documentation to prove he meets eligibility and income requirements. The required documentation includes birth certificate, social security card and a drivers license in order to prove identity and citizenship status. The documents required to prove income eligibility include W-2's, bank statements, paycheck stubs and tax returns. If approved, the applicant receives food stamps within 30 days of the dated application. If the applicant meets the requirements for expedited services, he receives food stamps within 3 days as of 2015.

In addition, an applicant without a disability is required to work or participate in work-related activities for a minimum of 20 hours a week in order to be eligible for the CalFresh program. If the applicant fails to meet the work requirement, he can only receive food stamps for 3 months out of a 36-month period.

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