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San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services Details Page

San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services
9415 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA - 93422
(805) 461-6000
Fax Number: (805) 461-6036

San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services Details

CalFresh, (formerly known as food stamps), is known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. This program provides food assistance to low income families. Individuals must apply for this program and provide all the required supporting documentation.

If approved, individuals will receive a monthly electronic benefit on an EBT Card, which is similar to a debit card, and can be used to purchase food items at authorized grocery stores and other retailers. The amount of benefit will depend on number or individuals living in household, monthly expenses, and other relevant factors.  

CalFresh benefits cannot be used to purchase:

  • Non-food items such as pet food; soaps, paper products, household supplies; grooming items and cosmetics
  • Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Any food that will be eaten in the store
  • Any food marketed to be heated in the store

Additional Programs:

  • Cash Assistance Programs
  • General Assistance 
  • Health Insurance
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Foster Care
  • Homeless Services
  • Medical Resources

For additional information, please contact the Toll Free number 800-834-4636.

Mission Statement We partner with the community to enhance self-sufficiency while ensuring that safety and basic human needs are met for the people of San Luis Obispo County.

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday closed
  • Sunday closed

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How long does it take for my application to get approved?

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Do I need to make an appointment or can I just come in?

Either option is available.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

What type of documentation do I need to apply for food stamps?

You need to know your basic confidential information such as; Name, DOB, Address, SSN, Income, etc. but it isnt mandatory to have any physical documentation.

Thursday, December 2, 2021


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