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To qualify for Calfresh, you must:
- Qualify under state income restrictions
- Be age 18-49, physically and mentally fit for employment
- Be enrolled at least half-time according to the institution’s standards
- Be enrolled in a degree-granting or certification- or qualification-granting program in a particular field of study.
AND meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Working at least 20 hours per week on average
- Approved for work-study aid and anticipate working during the term
- A full-time student with a child younger than 12 years old
- A part-time student with a child under six years old
- Receiving CalWorks
- Enrolled in a CalFresh employment and training program, or another training program accepted by CalFresh
- Not registering for the next school term
How Do I Apply?
- Apply online at getcalfresh.org or benefitscal.org
Complete the application process by attending an interview and submitting verification documents.
- The county typically has 30 days from your application date to determine your eligibility. If you’re unhoused, you can receive benefits within 3 days of submitting your application.
Where/How to Use
You can use your EBT card to purchase food at any grocery store or farmers’ market that accepts CalFresh. Some farmers’ markets participate in the Market Match program, which doubles the dollars you have to spend on fresh produce at a CalFresh farmers market.
Select counties allow CalFresh clients who are homeless, disabled, or over the age of 60 to use their EBT cards to purchase hot food through the Restaurant Meals Program, you can use your EBT card to purchase hot food