CalFresh Application Assistance

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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh gives you extra money to help pay for your groceries!

CalFresh is a supplemental food program to help individuals and families get the food they need to stay healthy. Your CalFresh money is then provided in an EBT debit card that looks like any other debit card. You can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers' markets just like you would any other debit card.

Students may qualify if they meet at least ONE of these:

  • Work an average of 20 hours/week   
  • Eligible for Work Study
  • Enrolled in EOP or MESA
  • Have a child under age 6
  • Have a child between 6 and 12, and no childcare services available
  • Are a single parent who attends school full-time and has a child under age 12

How to Apply

How you apply is based on the county you currently live in. 

Alameda County

  • Complete this interest form for Alameda
  • After submitting the form, you will receive a phone call to verify the information you have sent. It is very important to either answer or call back any unknown phone numbers, because they do not leave voicemails.

San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties

  • Print and complete this interest form (Disclaimer: PDF will open in a new tab and may not be accessible for screen readers)
  • When filling out the form, write "San Francisco State University" for Organization Name and email the document to Jamie Rios at JRios@shfb.org
  • After submitting the form, you will receive a phone call to verify the information you have sent. It is very important to either answer or call back any unknown phone numbers, because they do not leave voicemails.

Contra Costa & Solano Counties

  • Complete this interest form for Contra Costa and Solano Counties
  • When filling out the form, "household" refers to whoever you purchase and share food with. If you are living with roommates but buy your own food, you would be a household of 1
  • After submitting the form, you will receive a phone call to verify the information you have sent. It is very important to either answer or call back any unknown phone numbers, because they do not leave voicemails.

San Francisco & Marin Counties

  • Apply online or make an appointment by emailing calfresh@sfsu.edu. Keep in mind summer hours are limited.
    • For questions, call Lauren Muckley at 415-338-2344.
  • What documents to upload:
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of units (copy of class schedule or unofficial transcript)
    • Work Study, EOP, or MESA verification
    • Social Security number
    • Proof of income: job (a month of paystubs or letter from employer), child support, or private loan
  • After submitting the form, you will receive a phone call to verify the information you have sent. It is very important to either answer or call back any unknown phone numbers, because they do not leave voicemails.

FAQ

What do I do if I need help uploading documents?

Do I have to be a US Citizen?

  • To qualify you must be a legal permanent resident (green card) or U.S. Citizen. Refugees/ Asylees and U or T Visa holders can also qualify.

Does receiving CalFresh affect my financial aid?

  • Receiving CalFresh does not affect how much financial aid you receive.

Do I have to work 20 hours each week?

  • Work hours can vary from week to week as long as it's an average of at least 80 hours per month.

What are the income guidelines based on?

  • Income qualifications are determined by your current income, not the amount in your checking and/or savings account.

Do student loans or grants count as my income?

  • Money from federal loans is not counted as income. Money from private loans used for tuition and school related materials (books, supplies) is not counted. Money from loans used for living expenses (rent, clothing, food) is counted as income.

 

Other questions? Call (415) 338-2344