CalFresh Help Clinic

Do you need helping paying for food? Visit the CalFresh Help Clinic to see if you qualify for CalFresh, a program that gives you money each month to buy groceries. You can meet with one of our CalFresh Navi-Gators to learn more about the program, start your online application, and connect with free food resources on campus.

Make an Appointment

To Apply Online Without Assistance: 

1. Complete your phone interview- after submitting your online application a County Eligibility Worker will call you within 10 business days. Be sure to answer any unknown phone numbers, the County will NOT leave a message and will NOT call you back. If you miss your phone interview, your case will be automatically closed and you will need to re-submit your application online again.  

2. After your phone interview you will be instructed to collect verification documents that may include: 

  • Class schedule (SFSU Gateway Portal)
  • Financial Aid verification e.g CalGrant A/B, Work Study or EOP letter (SFSU Gateway Portal or ask your EOP advisor)
  • Pay stubs (if you are working) 

If you need help gathering these documents please visit the CalFresh Help Clinic or email calfresh@sfsu.edu  

3. Receive your EBT card in the mail

4. Activate your EBT card

5. Re-certify your benefits every 6 months, visit the CalFresh Help Clinic or email calfresh@sfsu.edu for help.  

CalFresh FAQ

To be eligible for CalFresh you must:

  • Make between $0 - $2010 per month for a household of 1
  • Have U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, U/T Visa or refugee status
  • Not have a meal plan from the University that covers 2+ meals per day
  • If you are younger than 22 and live with your parents, you must apply with your family (if you are over 22 you can apply on your own)
  • If you are over 18 and do not live with your parents you can apply on your own
  • Student must meet at least ONE of the following exemptions:
    • Work an average of 20 hours/week or more
    • Be approved for and accepted Work Study
    • Enrolled in EOP, MESA, or Guardian Scholars Program
    • Have a child under 12
    • Receiving Cal Grant A or B
    • Other exemptions may apply

**If you have a meal plan from the University, and receive 2+ meals per day, unfortunately you will not qualify for CalFresh. We recommend applying at a later time when you no longer have a meal plan.**

If you are approved for CalFresh you will receive an EBT card that looks like a debit card. You can use this card to purchase food at most grocery stores and farmers' markets.

You can begin a USDA Program Discrimination Complaint by following the directions on this complaint form.

student smiling in the CalFresh Help Clinic

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