It’s important to enroll everyone who is eligible for CAL FRESH

The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to a food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be now be used to shop at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market (and other farmers markets around the region.

Every food stamp dollar generates $1.32 cents in additional spending. The dollar turns over 1.32 times

California Food Policy Advocates estimates that if every eligible person in the county were to enroll in the program, the local economy would see a multi-million-dollar boon to the economy.

The county is ramping up its outreach to get more people enrolled in the program, but that a number of “barriers” in California hinder such efforts. California is one of four states that requires fingerprinting of applicants and it is the only state that requires quarterly reporting from individuals for continued benefits. Three states have monthly reporting and most other states require semi-annual reporting.

It’s good for the local economy especially local farmers to make sure everyone who should be is enrolled in CALFRESH.

Applying for Food Stamps

Sonoma County

To apply for food stamps in Sonoma County, contact the Sonoma County Human Services Department at:

Food Stamps
2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 565-2715 or
(800) 331-2278

For more helpful information visit the web-based Yuba-Sutter Community Resources Directory at: http://www.sonoma-county.org/human/eco_assistance.htm