Basic Needs

AFTER SUBMITTING CalFresh APPLICATION


After You Apply/SAR7/Re-Certification

Section 1

Once you submit an application for CalFresh, the Orange County Social Services Agency has three weeks to contact you for the phone interview. Remember to answer all phone calls that you receive within the time availability that you submitted with your application. The area code could vary, or it could also be from a private number. 

After completing the interview, OCSSA has two weeks to examine your case. You will receive a letter in the mail, notifying you whether the case has been approved or denied. A much faster way of checking your status is through www.mybenefitscalwin.org/.

You will receive your benefits card via mail.

6 months after you apply you are required to fill out and submit an Eligibility Status Report (SAR7). This will be available for you to fill out online on your MyBenefitsCalWin account, or you can fill out the PDF version and upload it to your MyBenefits CalWin account. Please find the PDF linked here.

12 months after you apply you are required to fill out and submit the Annual Re-certification Form. This will be available for you to fill out online on your MyBenefitsCalWin account, or you can fill out the PDF version and upload it to your MyBenefits CalWin account. Please find the PDF linked here. The county will also conduct another interview with you at the 12-month mark.

The cycle continues until you no longer need CalFresh Benefits. 6 months after your Re-Certification, you fill out another SAR-7. 6 months after you fill pout the SAR-7, you do another Re-certification form and another interview.

If you need need help filling out the SAR7/Re-Certification, you can make an appointment with one of our staff and they'd be happy to assist you: https://freshuci.as.me/calfreshzoomassistance

Please see the table below for the due dates for your SAR7/Re-Certification based on your initial date of application.

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