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Employment and Benefit Services Division

Assistance Programs provide benefits to low-income adults and families. Staff work with clients to determine eligibility for assistance and provide referrals for related services.

  • Benefits Call Center serves individuals who are receiving assistance from CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Foster Care, Adoptions, and CalWORKs.
  • CalFresh is a program that helps low-income people buy food they need for good health and nutrition.
  • CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program enables eligible CalFresh recipients to purchase meals at participating restaurants with their EBT card.
  • CalWORKs Cash Aid assists parents with dependent children in finding employment, job training, and child care costs during work or training hours.
  • CalWORKs Child Care helps eligible families pay for monthly child care as they participate Welfare-to-Work activities.
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) helps eligible legal permanent residents pay for basic living expenses.
  • Employment Assistance Welfare-to-Work helps CalWORKs participants find jobs and become self-sufficient.
  • General Assistance is a county-funded loan program, that helps eligible adults meet their basic living needs.
  • Medi-Cal is a program providing health care benefits to those who qualify.

The Value of Benefits

We value helping those in need access health, nutrition and cash-assistance benefits.  Getting Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, and General Assistance has never been easier.  Learn more by viewing these videos which open in a new browser window:

Apply For Or Manage Your Benefits

Our Benefit Representatives will assist you to obtain the benefits and coverage you are eligible for as quickly as possible.

Visit a Customer Service Center

Come to a Customer Service Center:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • 1020 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz
  • 18 West Beach Street in Watsonville

Apply Online!

Apply for CalFresh, CalWORKs, & Medi-Cal, online 24/7,

Public Benefits and Immigration

Find answers to questions regarding public benefits and immigration:

EBT Cards

Check your account balance, find retailers and free ATM locations at

For help Understanding the EBT Client Website or in Spanish