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CalFresh Outreach Center

collage of fresh fruits and vegetables across the top, Cal Fresh Food logo at the bottom right corner.

CalFresh = Money for Groceries

The staff of Cal State LA's CalFresh Outreach Center can assist, advise, and advocate with the CalFresh application process. We help students determine their eligibility, obtain verification documents, navigate the 30-day application period, and the renewal process.

Please fill out the Pre-Screening Form linked below and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.  As of August 10th, please expect to hear from us within 1-2 weeks. Thank you for your patience. 

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly benefits to purchase groceries for low-income individuals and families.

The benefit amount a household receives is dependent on household size, income, and monthly expenses. The program issues monthly benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a debit card. Most local grocery stores and farmer’s markets accept EBT. 

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for CalFresh you must meet the following eligibility guidelines:

Basic Household Eligibility

Your household income must be under the limits listed in the following table:

household = a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together.

Number of People in Household

Gross Monthly Income

Max CalFresh Allotment*
















Legal Status

Your household must include at least one U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

*Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students are not eligible for this federally funded program. 

Student Exemption

If you are a student who is between 18 and 48 years of age, at least one of the following must apply to you: 

  • Work 20+ hours a week
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0
  • Cal Grant A or B recipient
  • Eligible for Federal Work-Study
  • Enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Medically verified as unable to work and registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
  • Participant in Guardian Scholars Program or Extended Foster Care Act
  • CalWORKs Recipient or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
  • A student with a child between 6 -12 years old with no adequate childcare
  • Enrolled in an approved Student Employment Program​

​​​​Current Cal State LA Student Employment Programs include: 

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work Program (BASW)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program 
  • Master of Social Work Program (MSW)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • M.A in Child Development
  • M.A in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology
  • M.S. in School-Based Family Counseling
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program

Application Process

Step 1: Submit Pre-Screening Form

If you think you may be eligible, please complete our Pre-Screening Form 

Once we receive the form, a CalFresh team member will contact you to schedule an appointment. 

Step 2: Meet with a CalFresh Intern

Meet with a CalFresh Intern to submit an application through and upload the required verification documents. 

Examples of verification documentation include:

  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of address and rent/mortgage receipt 
  • Utility bill(s)
  • Pay stubs of income from the last 30-days
  • Financial aid award letter and class schedule

Step 3: Interview

Complete an interview with a county eligibility worker over the phone. 

Step 4: Keep Your Benefits

If approved, you will be required to complete the following:

  • SAR 7 Report - six months after your initial application is approved, the county will mail the SAR 7 to the mailing address you provided at the time of your application. 
  • Recertification Application - after a year of receiving benefits, the county will mail you a packet and schedule a follow-up interview if necessary. 

Meet the CalFresh Advocate Team