CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need to stay healthy. CalFresh recipients receive benefits that are loaded electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. These cards look like an ordinary debit card and are used to buy groceries at participating grocery stores, discount chains, farmer’s markets, and neighborhood stores.

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Why should I apply for CalFresh?

CalFresh can help stretch your food spending dollars if you are on a very limited income and finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food you need. It also won’t affect your existing financial aid and you don’t need your parent's tax return information to apply.

How do I apply?

Meet with one of our Basic Needs Coordinators! They can help determine if you are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits and guide you through the application process. Schedule an appointment with a Basic Needs Coordinator if you have questions filling out your online CalFresh application.

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CalFresh Application Tutorial

Follow along with a Basic Needs Coordinator as they walk through the CalFresh application process. You can use this tutorial prior to starting a CalFresh application or follow along as you apply on your own computer!


Updated: March 08, 2023