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Food Connections
Resource Center

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Food Connections Resource Center

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Our Food Connections Resource Center is the first stop for many in our community seeking food assistance. In addition to providing you with an emergency food box, we are here to help you navigate and receive information about vital Redwood Empire Food Bank food distributions throughout Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties.

Our team can also help you navigate the CalFresh application process.

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CalFresh Application Assistance

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program which helps individuals and families purchase healthy foods. CalFresh benefits are issued on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card—like an ATM card. You can use your EBT card at most grocery stores, neighborhood stores and farmers’ markets.

Who is Eligible?

Any US Citizen or legal permanent resident, eligible immigration status and living under the income guidelines. It’s important to know that there are different exemptions for students, seniors and families.

How Do I Apply?

We are here to help you! To apply for CalFresh you will need a photo ID, your Social Security number, and verification of income.

If you are interested in more information about CalFresh and would like someone to contact you please click here.


Student eligibility includes but is not limited to part-time workers, EOP students, Cal Grant recipients, parents, and students approved for Work-Study. Learn more here.

Seniors & People with Disabilities

Households that have people who are 60 years or older, or who are disabled have special medical deductions. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you likely qualify for CalFresh!

Out-of-pocket medical expenses include but are not limited to medical, vision and dental care, insurance premiums and copays, prescription & over-the-counter medication, medical supplies, hearing aids, eye glasses, dentures and prosthetics.


If the household is paying for the care of a child, people with disabilities, or an elderly person, the amount paid for their care can be deducted from their income.

Still have questions or unsure if you qualify? Call our Food Connections Resource Center team to find out! We can walk you through the eligibility requirements and help you apply.

Food Connections Resource Center

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
From Highway 101, take the Airport Blvd. exit.

Get help putting food on the table.

Thinking about food all the time

“Do you know what it’s like to think about food all the time? Now imagine my babies. They shouldn’t have to feel that pain in their tummy because their mom doesn’t have a job. There is no reason for any child to suffer from hunger. You and your team are helping stop that. If I could hug you I would. You and your team are amazing. Thank you, you are helping out more than you know.”

—Parent at a school site in Santa Rosa, CA

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