Could You Be Eligible?

1. What is your living situation? Who do you purchase and prepare food with? Use this to determine household.

2. Does your household meet the income eligibility in the chart? If so, go to next question.

3. Does your household include US citizens and/or lawful permanent residents (LPRs)? If so, go to next question.

4. Does anyone in your household receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in California?

If so, you (or your household member) are NOT eligible for CalFresh benefits (others in household still may be).

5. Is anyone in your household provided more than half (11 or more) of their meals per week from another source? If so, you may NOT be eligible for CalFresh.

6. Is anyone in  your household a college student ?  If so, please see the “Student Eligibility” section for additional eligibility requirements.

Students who live with their parents AND are 21 years old or younger, must apply with their family household size and total income.

 

  • People in Household

    Gross Monthly Income

    Maximum CalFresh Allotment*

    1

    $2,011

    $192

    2

    $2,708

    $352

    3

    $3,405

    $504

    4

    $4,100

    $640

    5

    $4,797

    $760

    6

    $5,494

    $913

    Household = a person living alone or a group of people living together (they do not have to be related) who buy food and make meals together. *Minimum amount is $15/month

*These income guidelines are effective October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, and are updated every October. 

*Individuals receiving SSI/SSP in California are not eligible for CalFresh, but other members of the household may be.


Student Eligibility

If you are a student between the ages of 18 and 49, enrolled in at least 6 units (or half-time as defined by your campus), you must also meet AT LEAST ONE of the following student eligibility bullet points:

  • Working and getting paid for an average of 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month on average.
  • Approved (or awarded or accepted) for federal or state work study, anticipates working, and has not refused a work assignment (can still be eligible even if a work study job has not begun or is not currently available).
  • Students attending CSU or UC, receiving Cal Grant A OR B, and falling within the following qualifications : un-married; AND 25 years of age or younger; AND household income less than $50,000.
  • Enrolled in a state funded program that increases employability (EOP, EOPS, WIOA, DSPS, CARE, UC McNair, Puente Project, or MESA)***
  • Enrolled in a program that increases employability for current and former foster youth (Guardian Scholars, FYSI, CAFYES, ETV or Extended Foster Care)***
  • Exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6 OR between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis) OR are a single parent of a dependent household memberunder the age of 12.
  • Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS), or be a recipient of CalWORKs or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

 Other things to consider:

  • If 17 or younger or 50 or older enrolled in less than 6 units, students only need to meet basic eligibility. 
  • International, DACA, and DREAM students may not be eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN.
  • Out-of-state students can still be eligible for CalFresh if they are residing in California for the school year.
  • Students with a state certified disability only need to meet basic eligibility.

***For latest list of updated approved programs that increase employability, please see

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesrouces/CalFresh-Resource-Center/Policy

For program descriptions, please see ACL 17-05

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ACL/2017/17-05.pdf?ver=2017-02-15-111331-970

If you think you are eligible or are still not sure, please click here to begin the application process with our CalFresh Outreach Team


Other resources

Does anyone in the household have a child 0-5 years of age? (More information on preschool physical activities.)

Is anyone in the household aged 60 or over OR have a disability? (More information on community classes.)

You can also find out more information

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