CalFresh

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CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program to help low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. The program increases their food-buying power, helping to stretch a tight food budget and allowing many people afford to incorporate healthy foods into their diets. CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store, and are issued via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

CalFresh benefits can be used at certain local farmers markets in addition to grocery stores and markets. Many farmers markets also support the Market Match Program, which provides matching funds to purchase extra fruits and vegetables. Information about participating farmers markets can be found on the Market Match website.


CalFresh Program and Application Assistance

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets.

CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. Recipients receive and "spend" CalFresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards.

What is CalFresh Food Program?

The CalFresh Food Program is funded through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and is implemented in partnership with county social services offices. It assists people through the entire CalFresh application process, including assistance with the application itself, obtaining verification documents, navigating the 30-day application period, as well as the renewal process.

Where Do I Go for Assistance?

Food Pantry

The Toro Food Pantry is an assistance program that supports CSUDH students with food insecurity issues.

Who is Eligible?

If you are a CSUDH undergraduate or graduate student, you are eligible to use the Food Pantry resources.

How Does It Work?

Stop by Food Pantry locations to pick up food. It’s a quick, simple, and confidential process.

The Food Pantry can supply you with supplemental canned foods as well as basic hygiene products like deodorant, shampoo, and female hygiene products. 

The Food Pantry is operated in a safe, confidential zone, and without validation of need. There are no restrictions on how many times you can use the Food Pantry or its services.

Pantry Locations and Hours of Service
  • Office of Student Life
    Loker Student Union, Room 121
    Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2081
    Email: osl@csudh.edu

  • Women's Resource Center
    Library, 3rd Floor
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2486
    Email: womensctr2@csudh.edu

  • University Housing Services
    Building A (To access housing, push the intercom button at the gate and state that you would like to utilize the food pantry)
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2228
    Email: housing@csudh.edu

Drop-In Assistance

CalFresh drop-in hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Schedule an appointment through our online system. 

Apply Online

Apply for CalFresh online at GetCalFresh.org.

Basic Eligibility

Basic eligibility information can be found on the Center for Healthy Communities CFO Website.

Student Eligibility

Student eligibility information can be found on the Center for Healthy Communities CFO Website.

Application Process

Step 1: Contact your CalFresh Food Program and take the application prescreen. If you are not sure how to contact your program, contact our CalFresh Food Coordinator at calfresh@csudh.edu.

Step 2: If you think you may be eligible, complete and submit an application with your CalFresh Food Program. We encourage you to apply online with the help of your CalFresh Food Program because they are familiar with the questions and will likely get you through the application process faster.

Step 3: Once the application is received by the county, your 30-day application period begins.

Step 4: During this 30 day period, you will need to do the following:

  • Complete your INTERVIEW with the county office by phone or in person (The county office will either call or mail you a date and time for your interview)
  • Let your CalFresh Food Program know if you have not heard from the county within the first 7 days

Step 5: You will then be required to provide verification documents to your county office. This must also be completed during the 30 day period. Your application will not be approved if you do not submit verification documents that meet their requirements. Examples of verification documentation include:

  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of address
  • Utility Bill
  • Pay stubs
  • Financial aid award letter and schedule (if a student)

Step 6: In order to keep your CalFresh benefits, you will be required to do the following:

  • Complete a Semiannual Report (called a SAR 7 Eligibility Report) 6 months after your initial application is approved. The county will let you know when this is due.
  • Complete a Recertification Application and be interviewed before the end of your certification period. The county will let you know when your Recertification Application is due and will send you a letter confirming the time and date of your interview. Most interviews will be conducted over the phone.

Contact

Carolyn Tinoco
CalFresh Outreach Coordinator
University Library, 3rd Floor
calfresh@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3762

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This website was funded by USDA, SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.