SAN FRANCISCO—On June 5, Mayor London Breed announced an extension to the CalFresh food assistance program that will allow 41,000 seniors and people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits to be eligible for the program.

San Francisco is carrying out the California Assembly Bill 1811, which will allow SSI recipients who were previously ineligible from applying for CalFresh to become qualified for the program.

“CalFresh is our first line of defense against hunger for our City’s residents, and everyone deserves access to healthy, nutritious food. This new expansion of the CalFresh program will help more of our seniors and people with disabilities purchase the food they need to live healthy lives,” said Mayor Breed in a press release.

CalFresh administers food assistance by applying credit onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit card. Any market, grocer, neighborhood food service, and restaurant that accepts EBT allows CalFresh users to purchase necessary food and groceries. The San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) will support the program expansion by endorsing community outreach efforts and increasing eligibility enrollment staff. The program currently assists nearly 50,000 San Francisco residents.

Those eligible for CalFresh, can apply by:

  • Online and visit
  • By Phone: Start your application by calling (415) 558-4700
  • In Person: Come in to an HSA service center in San Francisco, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.:
    1235 Mission Street
    1440 Harrison Street
    2 Gough Street

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