Using Your Benefits
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card
To use your CalFresh Food benefits you will get a plastic EBT card, also known as the Golden State Advantage card. You can use it just like a debit or ATM card by entering a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). For security the PIN will be sent in a separate mailing, follow instructions to change PIN.
How to check your EBT card balance, buying history and places to use your EBT card;
Protect yourself against scams, always keep your EBT card and PIN safe and secret. If you receive a text, email or phone call asking for your EBT card number or PIN, DO NOT provide your information, this is a SCAM!
If you lose your EBT card or are a victim of a scam call 1-877-328-9677.
Places Where You Can Use Your EBT Card
Locations post signs if your EBT card can be used there. Here are some types of places you can use your EBT at.
Retail Stores – To find a store that accept EBT cards visit: CalFresh Food Retail Locator.
Restaurants – If you are homeless, disabled or 60 years of age or older you can use your EBT card to purchase hot, prepared food at some restaurants.
To find restaurants that accept EBT cards visit: County of Santa Clara CalFresh Food Restaurant Meals Program or Find a Location Near You.
If you own a restaurant and would like more information about how you can participate in this program, send an email to RMP@ssa.sccgov.org
Farmers' Markets – You can use your EBT card at many Farmers' Markets to buy delicious locally grown produce. Many markets take part in the Market Match program, which doubles your dollars to give you free produce every time you shop.
For more program information and locations visit: Resources to Stretch Your Food Dollars.
Double Up Food Bucks – You can use your EBT card to get more fruits and vegetables at participating grocery stores. For each EBT $1 that you spend on California grown fruits and vegetables you earn $1 to spend on ANY fresh fruits and vegetables.
For more program information and locations visit: DoubleUpCA.org or Find a Location Near You.