CalFresh Help Clinic

*** In-person CalFresh assistance services will be suspended.  We will be assisting students virtually until in-person classes resume. Students can email for CalFresh assistance (screening, application assistance, questions, and troubleshooting). Zoom appointments are available upon request.***

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.

To Apply Online Without Assistance: 

Step #1Start your application online now! 

Step #2- 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.  

Step #3- 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  

Step #4- Receive your EBT card in the mail

Step #5- Activate your EBT card

Step #6- Re-certify your benefits every 6 months, visit the CalFresh Help Clinic or email for help.  

California Pandemic EBT: Free food money for children who receive free or reduced-price or school meals.

Do you have a child who is eligible to receive free, or reduced-price, school meals? Or does your child’s school provide all school meals for free? If yes, you may be eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).

Qualified applicants can get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries. For more information check out the P-EBT Eligibility guide and the CDSS P-EBT toolkit.

To apply start your P-EBT Application today!


CalFresh FAQ

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.

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.**

Yourself! You will eventually need to gather verification documents to complete your application. Your CalFresh Navi-Gator can help you figure out which documents you need and how to get them.

CalFresh Navi-Gators are students trained to assist other students with applying for CalFresh. CalFresh Navi-Gators volunteer one hour per week for the semester in the CalFresh Help Clinic, AS Food Pantry or AS Farmers Market.  

To become a CalFresh Navi-Gator you must: 

  • Be an SF State student, all majors welcome. No experience required
  • Commit to one hour per week for the semester 
  • Attend a CalFresh Navi-Gator training- held at the start of each semester
  • Trainings are held once per semester. To find out when the next training will be please email, 

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

student smiling in the CalFresh Help Clinic

Need Help?

Virtual assistance is available. Email


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