The CalFresh Program is a federal nutrition program that helps eligible, low income people purchase the food they need for good health.

CalFresh benefits are not cash. Households that are eligible will receive a plastic electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that is used at the store, like a debit card, when purchasing food items.


To be eligible for CalFresh:

  • You must be a resident of Alpine County.
  • Everyone who receives Food Stamps must have a Social Security Number (SSN).
  • If someone in your household does not have a Social Security Number, we can assist you in obtaining one.
  • There are income limits that vary depending on the number of persons in your household and their ages.
  • Vehicles, Bank Accounts, Property are not counted.
  • Due to a recent change in California law, beginning June 1, 2019, individuals receiving or authorized to receive SSI/SSP are eligible for CalFresh, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.

You may screen for CalFresh eligibility by going to the CalFresh website or you may contact Alpine County Social Services @ 530-694-2235.


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75A Diamond Valley Road

Markleeville, CA 96120

(530) 694-2235

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100 Foothill Road, D-4

Markleeville, CA 96120

Office Line: (530) 694-1853

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(530) 621-9950