Bakersfield (Main Office)
100 E California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 631-6000

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)

No more Food Stamp coupons...

No more lost or stolen checks...

  • A new, easy to use card replaced Food Stamp coupons and paper checks. It's the Golden State Advantage Card, and its part of Electronic Benefit Transfer, effective 8/1/03.
  • With the card and your secret code, you can access your CalFresh and cash benefits at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) or Point of Sale (POS) devices in stores.
  • It is safe, easy to use and accepted at many of the places where you shop. (see the Kern EBT Locations Report)
  • EBT will not change: Direct Deposit, vendor payments or eligibility rules.
  • EBT cardholders can now use EBT cards at all post offices throughout California. Cardholders can purchase money orders, purchase stamps, and get $50 cash back from the post office.
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  For Automated Services by Phone
  Call 1-877-410-8812
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DHS News

Press Release September 16, 2014
Dena Murphy appointed Director of Human Services

Ridgecrest Foster Families Needed Ridgecrest Foster Families Needed
 We are coming to You!
 Attend a Foster Parent Orientation
 September 11 or 25, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
 145 E Ridgecrest Blvd  Press Release

Purple Ribbon Keeping Kids Safe in and around Cars
 Campaign  Events  Kern Cares  Fact Sheet
 Watch: "One Decision"  Channel 17 PSA
 "First Look with Scott Cox"  Listen: KUZZ PSA

Healthy Choices Healthy Choices
 your access point to guidance
 on food and nutrition
 Free Food Demonstrations Sep 25, 29, 30

Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention
 Watch: PSA 1  PSA 2  PSA 3
 Listen: Audio

Safely Surrendered Baby Law  English PSA 1 2
 Spanish PSA 1 2
 more info...

Heart Gallery logo
Heart Gallery of America — featuring Kern Kids

KernStopMethNow logo

Public Service Announcements:
 Child Abuse  Child Abuse Prevention  Pool Safety
 Opportunities, Options, Empowerment
  English  1  2  3  Spanish  1  2  3

Combating Gang Violence
 Info  Interagency referral form  Project 180
 Ebony Counseling Center  Garden Pathways (Facebook)
 New Life Training Center  Stay Focused

JobFest 2014  Press Release
 more info...

My voice. My choice. My vote. Election information.   Kern County Elections
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