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.

How to Apply for CalFresh

You can also apply for CalFresh online.
It is recommended to schedule a meeting with your Bakersfield College CalFresh Assistant in person or via zoom for assistance in applying.

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, farmers markets, and some convenient stores.

More Questions?

Find answers in the CalFresh FAQs

Ready for the Next Steps?

Contact your CalFresh assistant today!

Bakersfield College
Campus Center
Office: (661) 395-4383

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.