What is CalFresh?

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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 which are loaded electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. The cards look like an ordinary debit card and can be used to buy groceries at participating grocery stores, discount chains, farmer’s markets, and neighborhood stores.


Why should I apply?

Students should not have to worry about where their next meal should come from. 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 get started?

Schedule to 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. Meeting with a Basic Needs Coordinator is always free and confidential. Complete an application for assistance below.