Most college students are eligible! If you meet the program guidelines, you may qualify for CalFresh if you answer "yes" to questions 2 and 3 below:
In CalFresh, a household is a group of people who regularly buy and eat food together. The people in a household do not have to be related to each other.
Is your household's gross monthly income (before taxes and deductions) within the limits in the chart below?
Note: Student Financial Aid is not counted as income for CalFresh. Individuals receiving SSI/SSP in California are not eligible for CalFresh, but other members of the household may be.
|Number of People in Household||Gross Monthly Income||Max CalFresh Allotment*|
|1||$2,128||$16 - $204|
|2||$2,874||$16 - $374|
|3||$3,620||$16 - $535|
|4||$4,368||$16 - $680|
|5||$5,114||$16 - $807|
Household = a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together. *Minimum amount is $16/month.
For chart updates please visit the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) website.
Does anyone in your household have a social security card or is anyone in your household a lawful permanent resident?
Effective Immediately: Due to COVID students are encouraged to apply for CalFresh if they are eligible for state or federally financed work study, as determined by the campus financial aid office, or if they have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0, as determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
If you are a student between the ages of 18 and 49, enrolled in at least 6 units, have no meal plan (or have a meal plan that provides ten or less of your meals/week), you must also meet any one of the following:
Take a prescreen and let us help you with eligibility! After the prescreen questionnaire is successfully completed, a staff member will reach out with your eligibility status.
For Basic Needs Inquiries:
For CalFresh Inquiries:
Phone: (530) 938-5376
This website was funded by USDA, SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.