CalFresh helps individuals and families purchase healthy food by providing a monthly stipend on an EBT card which can be used in grocery stores, online, and at some farmers’ markets.

Eligible individuals can get up to $204 per month based on income and allowable expenses, such as housing costs, medical costs, and MediCare costs. Households of two can get up to $374 per month, households of four can get up to $680 per month—monthly benefits go up with each household size and there is no limit to household size.

Apply online in as little as 10 minutes at  To speed up your application, please be as complete as possible with the information you provide.

For additional questions, call your local DSS office

  • Paso Robles: (805) 237-3110
  • Atascadero: (805) 461-6000
  • San Luis Obispo: (805) 781-1600
  • Morro Bay (805) 772-6405
  • Arroyo Grande: (805) 474-2000
  • Nipomo (805) 931-1800
CalFresh for College Students 
Cal Poly’s CalFresh Outreach Team guides students through food resources and the CalFresh application process. In light of COVID-19, services are available fully online. Schedule an appointment Mondays–Fridays, 8am–7pm. Learn more at
EBT Online 

Now you can use your CalFresh EBT card to do your non-perishable grocery shopping on line and have items delivered to your door. For more information, see EBT Online Guide for SLO County in English (page 1) and Spanish (page 2).

Pandemic EBT 
Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 per student in food benefits on a P-EBT debit card. To see if you qualify for Pandemic EBT, use this flow chart
Food Distributions Locations, Food Pantries, and Meal Sites 
For a complete list of sites near you, visit the Food Bank’s Online Food Locator: 
Free School Meals in SLO County 
See flyer or USDA "Meals4Kids" interactive map 
Market Match at Farmers' Markets 
Farmers' Markets are operating as an essential service and are following specific guidelines for farmers' markets.  Stretch your food dollars using your CalFresh EBT card at participating markets. *Please note Thursday evening SLO Downtown Farmers' Market is cancelled until further notice 
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 
WIC can help provide healthy foods and resources for women that are pregnant, just had a baby or have children under the age of five. Learn more or text SLOWIC to 85511 
Meals for Seniors 
Meals that Connect has meal service centers throughout San Luis Obispo County. Free meals are served Monday-Friday, 12 - 1 pm for individuals aged 60+. Call 805-541-3312 or visit for more information.