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CalFresh Perks & Benefits

The following Perks, Benefits, and Discounts are available to individuals who have been approved to the CalFresh Program:

Restaurant Meals Program

For individuals who may have difficulty preparing meals for themselves or do not have a place to store and cook food, the Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled and homeless individuals and their spouses receiving benefits to use their CalFresh benefits to purchase meals from participating restaurants. CalFresh recipients must qualify and be approved for the RMP before purchasing any cooked meals. Check your local participating San Diego restaurants on the 2-11 RMP map

SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric company offers a discount of 30% or more on your monthly bill! Apply now and see if you qualify for either California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program. You have the power to save energy and money!

Amazon Prime

Memberships for Amazon Prime are 50% off for qualifying customers with EBT or Medicaid card, that’s $5.99/month*. This includes many additional benefits such as Free-Shipping, Whole Foods Market membership discount, Unlimited access to Prime Video/Music, and much more.

Expensify

Expensify.org empowers individuals and communities to maximize generosity around the world by connecting donors with the real-world effects of their donations to increase trust, emotional connection, and convenience in all charitable activities. Currently all charitable funds are being redirected to provide immediate support to families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are in need of additional support during this time you are able to receive up to $50 in reimbursement by presenting a receipt dated anytime after March 1, 2020 that includes a summary of $50 or more of SNAP benefits used during your purchase. The reimbursement will be directly submitted to your bank account so you can purchase additional essential goods.

Market Match

Market Match is California's healthy food incentive program, which matches customer's federal nutrition assistance benefits like CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets. They will match you up to $10 of your benefits, so in return you will receive a total of $20 tokens or vouchers to spend during your visit. Check out the Farmers' Market Finder page to find your nearest participating locations.

¡Más Fresco! More Fresh Program

The ¡Más Fresco! More Fresh Program, also known as the Southern California Nutrition Incentive Program, is a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), University of California, San Diego Center for Community Health, and Northgate González Market. The primary goal of this program is to evaluate the effect of financial incentives on the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables among Calfresh recipients. This program provides financial incentives to Calfresh recipients when they purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. These incentive dollars can then be used to purchase additional qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables, with the goal of increasing their purchasing power and overall consumption of healthy foods.

Calfresh recipients who enroll in the ¡Más Fresco! More Fresh Program will earn $1 in financial incentives for every $1 of Calfresh EBT dollars spent on fruits and vegetables at participating Northgate González Markets, up to $40 per month.

You can enroll here

Museums for All

Visit your local participating museums, zoos, aquariums, such as Birch Aquarium for free admission or a special discount of $3 admission fee, up to 4 people per visit. Check out the Museums for All page to find the nearest participating locations. 

Federal Lifeline Program

If you are currently receiving CalFresh and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost home or cell phone service through the Lifeline program. Check out the list of participating California home/cell/internet providers for discounted rates.