California EBT Discounts and Perks 2019

(Last updated 7/16/19)
If you have Calfresh benefits, your Golden State Advantage card gives you FREE or discounted admissions to awesome destinations across California.  See our list of top California EBT discounts, perks and free services that come with your Calfresh card.

Most California EBT card holders are not aware of the awesome benefits that come with their Card.

This includes discounted admission to museums, zoos, and aquariums, more than 50% discount on Amazon Prime Membership.

Also, your Gold State Advantage card gets you discounted cell phone and home internet plans, discounts when you shop at farmers markets and more. See the full list below. 

"California EBT Discounts"

Below is a list of all the discounts and perks that are available to you through your EBT card. We have grouped them by category. The top part is discounts and perks available to all EBT cardholders across the United States.

Next, you will find EBT perks and discounts that are specific to EBT cardholders in the state of California. With your EBT card, you can take advantage of both national and local discounts.

We will continue to add more perks and discounts as we discover them so be sure to check back to get the most up to date list to help you get the most out of your EBT card.

National EBT Discounts:

Below are the discounts that are available to all EBT Cardholders across the United States, that can also be redeemed by California EBT Card Holders.

Amazon Prime EBT Discount

If you have a California EBT Card, you can now sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount and get all the great benefits that come with Prime membership, at a fraction of the cost.

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $5.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

Given that Amazon is part of the USDA pilot of vendors approved to accept food stamps online for delivery, prime membership is going to be a great thing to have because you will be able to order groceries through Amazon Pantry when the program is rolled out nationally.

Sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount

If you are not sure if the Amazon Prime EBT Discount is worth it, here is a summary of the what you get with your Amazon Prime membership:

FREE, Fast Delivery on Millions of Items

With Amazon Prime membership, you get fast, free shipping on over 50 million eligible items on Amazon.com. They have also rolled out a program recently that allows people who live in certain metropolitan areas to get FREE Same-Day Delivery on over a million items and FREE 2-hour delivery with Prime Now on daily essentials and groceries.

Instantly Stream TV Shows and Movies

One of the most popular features is the instant streaming of TV Shows and Movies. Your Prime membership includes instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost. You can stream all these on select Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones, tablets, and Android devices.

Other Benefits of Amazon Prime

  • Over two million songs. Thousands of playlists and stations (On-demand, ad-free music streaming)
  • Books, Magazines & More (Unlimited reading on any device)
  • Original audio series from Audible (Unlimited listening to original audio series)
  • Twitch Prime (Get free game content every month, exclusive discounts, plus loads more)
  • All your photos, together at last (Free unlimited photo storage)

California EBT Discounts:

Lifeline Program

If you are currently on Food Stamps/EBT Cardholder, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost home or cell phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.

The Lifeline program helps to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet service. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their monthly bill. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet service, but not both.

Discounted Cell Phone Services

Below is a list of cell phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of California.

Company NamePhone
Safelink Wireless800-723-3546
Air Voice Wireless888-944-2355
Access Wireless866-594-3644
Truconnect800-430-0443
Life Wireless888-543-3620
Assurance Wireless888-898-4888
Boomerang Wireless LLC866-488-8719
StandUP Wireless800-544-4441
Safetynet Wireless877-312-1691

Discounted Home Phone Services

Below is a list of home phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of California.

Company NamePhone
ConnectTo communications800-804-4603
TDS Telecom/Winter Haven Telephone Company888-225-5837
Frontier Communications800-921-8101
Ponderosa Telephone800-682-1878
Blue Casa800-360-1902
TDS Telecom/Hornitos Telephone Company888-225-5837
Sebastian559-846-4868
Sierra Telephone Company, Inc.877-658-4611
Pinnacles Telephone Co.831-389-4500
Ducor Telephone Company888-539-5234
Siskiyou Telephone866-467-6001
TDS Telecom/Happy Valley Telephone Company888-225-5837
Calaveras Telephone Company800-253-2511
CAL-ORE Telephone800-858-2399
Volcano Telephone Company888-886-5226
AT&T800-288-2747
Consolidated Communications of California Company844-968-7224
Cox Communications866-961-0027

Internet Service

Your EBT card may qualify you for discounted home internet service under the Federal Lifeline program for low-income families and individuals. The program currently provides $9.25 a month per household toward phone or internet service.

Discounted Museums Admission

One of the great benefits of the California EBT Card is access to great tourist, cultural, educational and adventure museums. You get discounted admission to museums, zoos, aquariums and many more.

The California Museums listed below all offer individual admission fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID.

The offer covers up to four individuals per EBT card, which means that if you have a family of 4, you can use your California EBT card to get the special discounted rate or the free admission for all four members.

These rates are available during all normal operating hours. We advise that you call the museum first before you go – so that you can find out what their special rate is for EBT Card holders (whether it’s free admission or $3).

Here is the list of participating Museums:

ImagineU Children’s Museum
210 N. Tipton
Visalia, California 93277
559-733-5975
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Directions

The Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse
623 13th Street
Paso Robles, California 93446
805-238-7432
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Directions

Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum)

425 Washington Street
Monterey, California 93940
831-649-6444
Website
Directions

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, California 95110
408-298-5437
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Directions

San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market St.

California 95113

408-271-6840

Website

Directions

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

1010 Nipomo St.

San Luis Obispo, California 93401

805-544-5437

Website

Directions

CuriOdyssey

1651 Coyote Point Drive

San Mateo, California 94401

(650) 342-7755

Website

Directions

Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd.

Oakland, California 94619

510-336-7300

Website

Directions

Bakersfield Museum of Art

1930 R Street

Bakersfield, California 93301

661-323-7219

Website

Directions

Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St.

Oakland, California 94607

510-318-8400

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Directions

Lawrence Hall of Science

1 Centennial Drive

Berkeley, California 94720

510-642-5132

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Directions

Habitot Children’s Museum

2065 Kittredge Street

Berkeley, California 94704

510-647-1111

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Directions

Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third Street

San Francisco, California 94107

415-773-0303

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Directions

Children’s Creativity Museum

221 Fourth St.

San Francisco, California 94103

415-820-3320

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Directions

Exploratorium

Pier 15

San Francisco, California 94111

415-528-4444

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Directions

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive

San Francisco, California 94118

415-379-8000

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Directions

Richmond Museum of History

400 Nevin Avenue

Richmond, California 94802

510-235-7387

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Directions

Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd, Fort Baker

Sausalito, California 94965

415-339-3900

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Directions

Vacaville’s Imagine That!

848-B Alamo Dr.

Vacaville, California 95688

707-474-5317

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Directions

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

1835 West Steele Lane

Santa Rosa, California 95403

707-546-4069

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Directions

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

5250 Aero Dr.

Santa Rosa, California 95403

707-579-3004

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Directions

Zimmer Children’s Museum by ShareWell

6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100

Los Angeles, California 90048 United States

(323) 761-8984

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Directions

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5801 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90036

213-763-3499

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Directions

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.

Pasadena, California 91103

626-449-9144

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Directions

Southern California Children’s Museum

459 East Colorado Boulevard

Pasadena, California 91101

626-657-0357

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Directions

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90007

213-763-3466

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Directions

Victor Valley Museum

11873 Apple Valley Road

Apple Valley, California 92308

760-240-2111

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Directions

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center

7621 Granite Hill Drive

Jurupa Valley, California 92509

951-685-5818

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Directions

Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Ave.

Riverside, California 92501

951-684-7111

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Directions

San Bernardino County Museum

2024 Orange Tree Lane

Redlands, California 92374

909-798-8608

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Directions

Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble

Irvine, California 92618

949-428-3900

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Directions

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

71-701 Gerald Ford Dr.

Rancho Mirage, California 97720

760-321-0602

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Directions

Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Dr.

Carlsbad, California 92008

760-438-5996

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Directions

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

47900 Portola Ave.

Palm Desert, California 92260

760-346-5694

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Directions

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Escondido, California 92025

760-839-4138

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Directions

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

320 North Broadway

Escondido, California 92025

760-233-7755

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Directions

San Diego Archaeological Center

16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd

Escondido, California 92027

760-291-0370

Website

Directions

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

2300 Expedition Way

La Jolla, California 92037 United States

(858) 534 3474

Website

Directions

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla

700 Prospect St.

San Diego, California 92037

858-454-3541

Website

Directions

San Diego Art Institute

1439 El Prado, Balboa Park

San Diego, California 92101

619-236-0011

Website

Directions

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park

San Diego, California 92101

619-232-3821

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Directions

San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado Suite #3

San Diego, California 92101

619-232-6203

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Directions

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown

1100 Kettner Blvd

San Diego, California 92101

858-454-3541

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Directions

The New Children’s Museum

200 West Island Ave

San Diego, California 92101

619-233-8792

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Directions

Sequoia Park Zoo

3414 W Street

Eureka, California 95503

707-441-4263

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Directions

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F St.

Eureka, California 95501

707-442-0278

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Directions

Clarke Historical Museum

240 E Street

Eureka, California 95501

707-443-1947

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Directions

Farmers Markets EBT Match

A great way to stretch your food stamps benefits is to shop at farmers markets. There are many advantages that come with buying produce and other food products at farmers markets. One of the biggest of those benefits are farmers markets that match EBT card spending.

Here’s how it works. Participating farmers markets will match what you spend with your EBT card, up to a certain amount per visit. This means you are doubling your buying power – allowing you to get twice as much food and you only pay half the price.

The following farmers markets in California offer the EBT matching program (also called Market Match or Double Up Food Bucks) – up to $10 per visit, meaning that if you spend $10 on your EBT card, you get $10 more in produce. Therefore, for the first $10 you spend per visit, you get $20 worth of food.

Typically, when you get the farmers market, you swipe your card for $10 and get $20 in tokens to be used to purchase produce and food products at the market.

Here is the list for the farmer’s markets in California that offer EBT matching.

Alameda CFM

710 Haight Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
Year Round
Saturday, Tuesday
9:00am – 1:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Downtown Berkeley

Center St & Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Year Round
Saturday
10:00am – 3:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

North Berkeley

Shattuck Ave & Rose St
Berkeley, CA 94709
Year Round
Thursday
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

South Berkeley

Adeline & 63rd St
Berkeley, CA 94703
Year Round
Tuesday
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Castro Valley Farmers’ Market

21013 Redwood Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Year Round
Saturday
10:00am – 2:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Dublin Certified Farmers’ Market

4201 Central Parkway
Dublin, CA 94568
Apr – Sep
Thursday
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered from April to September, up to $10 per visit.

Irvington Farmers’ Market

4039 Bay St
Fremont, CA 94538
Year Round
Sunday
9:00am – 2:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Kaiser Fremont Farmers’ Market

39400 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Year Round
Thursday
10:00am – 2:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Hayward Farmers’ Market

777 B St
Hayward, CA 94541
Year Round
Saturday
9:00am – 1:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Livermore Farmers’ Market – Sunday

2155 3rd St
Livermore, CA 94550
Year Round
Sunday
10:30am – 2:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered year round, up to $10 per visit.

Livermore Farmers’ Market – Thursday

2155 3rd St
Livermore, CA 94550
Apr – Oct
Thursday
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Accepts
CalFresh, WIC & Senior FMNP, WIC F & V checks
Market Match offered from April to October, up to$10 per visit.

We hope you found our list of California EBT discounts helpful. If you have any comments, suggestions for other perks or EBT discounts to add, please tell us in the comments section below or contact us.

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