Electronic Benefits Transfer


Because of the federal government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issued early, between January 16-20.

If you receive your February CalFresh benefits early, you should plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of February.

If you receive CalFresh and have a report due in January, please complete that process and approved benefits are scheduled to be issued February 1-10.

New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited services are available, as usual.

The EBT system 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.


The Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (or EBT Card) is used like a debit card for both the Food Stamp and CalWORKs Cash Assistance programs. When your case is approved, the benefit amount is issued to the card for ease of use.

Locations to Use

You can use your EBT card at most local farmers markets to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, just ask at the Farmers Market's Information booth.

Get Cash

You can get cash at any ATM with the Quest decal using your EBT card with no fees.

Lost Cards

If you've lost your card, you can come to any Social Serivces office to get a replacement.


Beware!  There is an EBT scam to steal your benefits!  If you've received a text or phone call asking for your personal information, contact your county right away. Your county and the state will never text or call you requesting your personal information such as your EBT card number and your personal identification number (PIN).

Never give out your personal information to anyone, or you could have your benefits stolen and they cannot be replaced.  Keep your EBT card number and PIN a secret. Never give out your social security number, EBT card number or PIN to anyone.