Financial Assistance for Locally Grown Food, Seeds & Starts

veggies fresh pickedCalFresh is a food supplement program funded by the USDA to help improve health and nutrition of families with low incomes. CalFresh can stretch food dollars, allowing families and individuals to buy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other healthy foods.  The benefits can also be used to purchase seeds and plants to grow your own food.

All types of people fit within the eligibility guidelines.  CalFresh is not only for mothers or families with children. Fathers, single adults, people with disabilities and seniors are also eligible for CalFresh.  For most people, all assets and resources are exempt.  Currently a single person with a monthly gross income of $1,962 or less could be eligible for benefits; a family of four (4) has a monthly gross income limit of $4,042.  The amount of benefits a household is eligible to receive depends on their income.  The average CalFresh allotment per household in California is $304 each month.  This helps to supplement their food budget so their resources can be spent on other items.

For eligible persons, monthly benefits are deposited on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that works like a debit card.  Benefits can be used at most places in Nevada County where food is sold, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, and most of our local farmers markets.

In Nevada County, the Affordable Care Act provided Medi-Cal benefits to an additional 10,000 persons who were previously unaided.  Since the income limits for the Affordable Care Act are less than the income limits for CalFresh, there are potentially thousands of Nevada County citizens that are eligible to supplemental food benefits who are not receiving them.  Are you one of them?

Nevada County residents can apply for CalFresh benefits at the Department of Social Services (DSS) online at  You can also apply in person at one of our local offices at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, or at Joseph’s Center at 10075 Levon, Suite 202 in Truckee; or call us at (530) 265-1340 with any questions regarding the CalFresh program.  For more information about the CalFresh program check out the California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS) CalFresh website at