CalFresh is the 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 will help stretch your food spending dollars. If you are on a very limited income and are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food you need, CalFresh may be able to assist you. 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 to determine if you are eligible to receive CalFresh, as well as guide you through the application process.

Or Apply Now online! If you have questions when you are filling out your online CalFresh application feel free to reach out to a Basic Needs Coordinator by emailing

CalFresh Application Tutorial

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

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Updated: September 15, 2021