CalFresh, formerly Food Stamps, is a program designed to help low-income individuals and families obtain free food. Qualifying households are issued a card which can be used fairly discretely much like a debit card. The card is a type of EBT card. A certain amount of money is allocated to a household each month based on family size and income, and the average amount designated per individual is $150, according to the Daily Democrat. In January of 2012, about 8% of all Yolo County residents were receiving CalFresh benefits. The percentage has risen dramatically in recent years due to worsening economic conditions.
CalFresh can also be used to buy seeds and plants if you want to grow your own food.
UC-FSNEP is a University of California program dedicated to educating CalFresh recipients on how to maintain healthy diets and active lifestyles on a tight budget.
The Food Bank of Yolo County has an outreach program to teach people about Calfresh and to assist anybody who needs help in the application process.