Calfresh

                           

Quick Facts

Location
California
Administering Program Name
California Department of Social Service

Eligibility Information

Students must meet specific requirements to qualify for CalFresh.

Student Status

You are eligible for CalFresh if you are age 18-49, and physically and mentally fit for employment.

(If you have a disability you are not bound by CalFresh student restrictions. Check your eligibility at MyCalFresh.org.)

In December 2020, Congress passed legislation that temporarily changes SNAP eligibility requirements for college students. College students enrolled at least half-time and who meet income and eligibility requirements can now qualify for SNAP. If you think you might qualify for SNAP, call the CalFresh Info Line at (877) 847-3663 to learn more. (Available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Russian. For speech and/or hearing assistance, call 711 Relay.)

How Do I Apply?

  1. Apply online at getcalfresh.org or benefitscal.org
  2. Complete the application process by attending an interview and submitting verification documents.

  3. 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

This page was last updated on February 27, 2021.

Quick Facts

Location
California
Administering Program Name
California Department of Social Service

Outreach Organizations

  • L.A. Food Bank (323) 234-3030 ext. 187. Their CalFresh Outreach Program provides SNAP outreach services at Pasadena City College, Cerritos College, Cal Poly Pomona, Claremont Graduate University and Los Angeles Southwest College, with services for Los Angeles Mission College, East Los Angeles College and Citrus College planned for the future.
  • California Community Colleges

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