Welcome to the LSNC CalFresh Guide

The LSNC CalFresh Guide provides an independent, authoritative resource for advocates in California helping low-income households get and keep their CalFresh benefits.

CalFresh is California’s name for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), previously known as the “food stamp” program. SNAP is a federal nutrition program that helps people with low incomes buy more food and improve their diets. The program’s stated purpose is to “promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the Nation’s population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households.” Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. § 2011; 7 C.F.R. § 271.1(a).

Earlier versions of this Guide were published online in 2001 and 2008. Experienced advocates will find the organization and content in this updated 2015 version of the Guide familiar, yet with notable changes: Every page has been be reviewed, updated and rewritten, as needed; to make it easier for advocates to locate the information they need, selected sections have been reorganized and the Guide includes an improved custom Google search engine; and the design as a whole is “responsive” to different types of commonly used mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. While it remains a work in progress, eventually every statutory and regulatory cite will be double-checked and properly linked.