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Calfresh TeamHi! Welcome to Calfresh.

The UCSB Calfresh Advocates are here to assist you with your application. Please start by reading through this page, and then meet with a Calfresh Advocate (at our outreach hours listed below) who will walk you though the application process. If you have any questions, email us at UCSBCalfresh@gmail.com

The UCSB Calfresh Team 

    What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can increase students’ food budgets and help put healthy and nutritious food on their table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which can be used just like a debit card. Benefits allow students to purchase food items at most grocery stores and markets. For a full list of stores that accept CalFresh, please click here.

The amount of benefits received is based on household size, income, and bills. The CalFresh Program helps improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them with a means to meet their nutritional needs. Since this is a federally funded program, only permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. can qualify.

How To Apply

We recommend that you meet with a UCSB Calfresh Advocate who can walk you through the application process (please see outreach hours below).  Advocates can also help students navigate complicated cases, advocate for you with the department of social services, and offer general guidance and support. You can also apply on your own online at the CalFresh website.  


In order to be eligible for CalFresh as a student, the student must:
(1) Be 18 years of age or older
(2) Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
        If you are not a resident, but need food assistance, please contact Financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.
(3) And meet at least ONE of the qualifications listed below:

  • Have been awarded work study at some point during the current academic year (awards from previous years will not be accepted)
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • Receive Cal Grant A or B
  • EOP/EOPS member (does not apply to EOP associates)
  • Puente Program
  • College Disabled Student Program and Services/ Student Academic Support
  • Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program
  • UC McNair Program
  • Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program
  • Guardian Scholars Program
  • AB12 Former Foster Youth Program  

What Should I Bring?

To expedite the application process, please bring a copy of all of the following documents. Have questions about the documents? Bring as many of the documents as you can and the CalFresh advocates can guide you through the rest.

  • Bring your laptop if you have one (if not, you can use ours). 
  • Identification: Birth Certificate, Driver License, CA ID, or U.S Passport
  • Social Security Number: Social Security Card
  • Immigration status: Permanent Resident Card (only required for non-citizens)
  • Earned Income: Dated check stubs for the last 30 days, statement of earnings from employer (if you are a UC employee, statements can be found at http://atyourservicesonline.ucop.edu)
  • Housing: Mortgage or rent receipt, first page of your lease agreement, or statement from your landlord/subletter
  • Utilities or Other Bills: gas, electricity, water, or telephone (1-2 recommended)

College Students (ALL 3 Required)

  • Proof of involvement in one of the 11 programs listed above. (For example, you may access proof of EOP at https://my.sa.ucsb.edu/gold/login > Registration > Print)


    Calfresh Outreach Hours and Locations

September 27, 2018 - December 7, 2018

*Please note: hours are subject to change and there is no outreach on any holidays listed on the academic calendar. On November 21st the only site that will be available will be El Centro from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Visit any of the following locations to talk with a Calfresh Advocate who can walk you through the application process:

El Centro
Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Miramar Pantry
Tuesdays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AS Foodbank
Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursdays 11:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Office of Financial Aid

Mondays from 9:00 am - 11:30 am            

Isla Vista Food Co-op 
Thursdays from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Health   
Fridays 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Wednesdays 3:30pm - 5:00pm

If you have questions, you may contact email: UCSBCalfresh@gmail.com


    Upcoming Events

  • NOVEMBER 7, 2018: CalFresh Mass Enrollment Party #2
    • TIME AND LOCATION: 4 to 6 pm at Davidson Library, Instruction and Training Room 1312
    • EVENT DESCRIPTION: Take a study break, grab a snack, and get signed up for CalFresh at our second mass enrollment party of the school year! This event is open to all the UCSB community (undergraduates, graduates, staff, faculty, etc.!) so bring your friends and get started on your application! Please bring your laptop and all necessary documents when you stop by!                                                          
    • nov 7 enrollment party

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