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If you receive Calfresh benefits, please read this notice from Department of Social Services: 

Calfresh EBT info

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 for the program.

How To Apply

Individuals can apply online at the CalFresh website.  If you wish to be assisted by a certified CalFresh advocate throughout the process. please see the on-campus outreach hours below.  Advocates can help students navigate complicated cases, advocate for you with the department of social services, and offer general guidance and support.


In order to be eligible for CalFresh as a student, the student must:
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Be 18 years of age or older
If you are not a resident, but need food assistance, please contact Financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.

And meet at least ONE of the 4 requirements listed below:
• Have been awarded work study at some point in time during the current academic year (awards from previous years will not be accepted)
• Working a minimum of 20 hours/week
• Are a part of EOP/EOPS
• Receiving Cal Grant A or B

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.

  • 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)


Work- study award letter

(http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/aidstatus/ > Dashboard > Work-Study Referral)

Calfresh Outreach hours and locations
April 02, 2018 - June 08, 2018

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

AS Foodbank
Monday’s 9:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday’s 9:30am-12:30pm  

Transfer Student Center
Monday’s 9:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday's 9:30am-12:30pm

Office of Financial Aid

Monday’s 1:00pm-4:00pm

Wednesday’s 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday's 1:00-4:00pm  

Student Health
Monday's 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday's 1:00pm-4:00pm                       

Isla Vista Food Co-op 
Tuesday’s 4:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday’s 4:00pm-7:00pm

Pardall Center
Tuesday's 4:00pm-7:00pm
Thursdays 4:00pm - 7:00pm  

For any questions or concerns please contact 
email: UCSBCalfresh@gmail.com