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CalFresh

CalFresh

Designated for students, CalFresh is USDA funded program, designed to allow you to live a healthy lifestyle. As you learn to budget and balance your busy schedule, let CalFresh be the tool you used to stretch your food budget for fruits and vegetables.  
 
Those that qualify can utilize this service in addition to the ASI Cougar Pantry as an additional food resoures. Learn more about CalFresh!
 

Applying for CalFresh does not need to be difficult - Book a meeting with our CalFresh Specialist now!

COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated: April 14, 2020

Reimbursement for Groceries

CalFresh recipients can receive a reimbursement of $50.00 for groceries. Visit the Expensify website, download the app, and take a picture of the receipt where you used your CalFresh benefits. Receipts will only be taken if they are from March 1st onward.

Executive Order

The Executive Order that Governor Newsom signed waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days, or until June 15, 2020 for Californians who participate in:

Medi-Cal health coverage
CalFresh food assistance
CalWORKS
Cash Assistance for Immigrants
In-Home Supportive Services

The changes will allow current recipients of the programs to continue receiving the benefits without interruption.

Enrollment Appointment with San Diego County

As of now San Diego County is not accepting any CalFresh appointments, but getcalfresh.org is an online tool that allows you to apply for CalFresh at home.

ASI's CalFresh specialist is still taking zoom appointments for all CSUSM students applying for CalFresh.

Max Benefits 

If you received CalFresh benefits in march you will receive the max amount of benefits for your household in April despite ur current qualifications. If your receive benefits in April then you will receive the max amount of benefits in may. As of right now, May is the cut off point for these emergency benefits. 

What Is CalFresh?

group of students at fresh market monday
CalFresh CalFresh helps by giving YOU funds for healthy and nutritious food so you can stress less about a budget for groceries and focus more on school! CalFresh is USDA funded program, designed to allow you to live a healthy lifestyle. As you learn to budget and balance your busy schedule, let CalFresh be the tool you used to stretch your food budget for fruits and vegetables. 
 

Do I Qualify for CalFresh? 

student holding bag of oranges, covering face

If you meet at least one of the following options, then you may be eligible!

  • Receipt of CalGrant A 
  • Approved for work study, even if the student does not have a work study placement
  • Have dependent children under the age of 6 (or 12 without available child care services)
  • Recipient of CalWORKs (also known as cash assistance)
  • Works 20 hours per week, or an average of 80 hours per month
  • Have a disability that prevents them from attending school and working 20 hours a week; verified by participating in an on-campus disability services program, receipt of disability insurance, or a medical note. 
 

 What Documents Do I Need to Apply?

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  • Proof of identity (examples: drivers license or identification card, passport, work or school ID, birth certificate, voter registration card)
  • Proof of where you live (examples: drivers license or ID card, utility bill, rent receipt)
  • Proof of income (examples: pay stubs, statement from employer, alimony check, award letter for unemployment or disability benefits )
  • Social security numbers for everyone who is applying
  • Proof of housing costs (examples: housing bills, utility bills, HOA fees, property tax statement)
  • Proof of child support paid
  • Proof child or adult care costs (example: bills)
  • Proof of disability (example: award letter)
  • Proof of medical costs if 60+ or disabled (examples: receipts for prescriptions, copay, service animal costs, glasses, hearing aids)
 

Where can I use my EBT card?

ALDI, Costco, Food4Less, Northgate, Smart & Final, Spouts, and so many more! 

You can even use it at some farmer's markets! Locate a farmers market near you!

Ready to Apply?

Make an appointment to sign up with CalFresh Specialist, Noemi!