Cal Fresh Assistance
What is CalFresh?
CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program funded by the USDA that can help low income individuals or families buy the groceries they need. It was formally known as food stamps and is widely known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
CalFresh can help stretch a tight food budget allowing students afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diet.
Student Eligibility for CalFresh
You are considered a student if you are enrolled in 6 credit units or more. Student Eligibility for CalFresh depends on several different criterion. Some examples and requirements include:
- Low income students who work an average of 20 hours a week or an average of 80 or more hours a month.
- Those approved for Federal Work Study, or those who receive a Cal Grant (A or B)
Non-Student Eligibility for CalFresh
Eligibility for individuals or families who are not college students largely depends on income, and a household's ability to work. See the income guidelines.
How to Apply for CalFresh
How Does CalFresh Work?
Eligible recipients receive spendable benefits electronically on a physical EBT card, like a debit card. Recipients are able to spend their CalFresh dollars at most grocery stores, famers markets, and some convenient stores.
Find answers in the CalFresh FAQs
Ready for the Next Steps?
Contact your CalFresh assistant today!
Call, email, or stop by the Office of Student Life located in the Campus Center (CC) building. You can also set up a meeting time for assistance or to get more information: fill out an online form.