CalFresh Outreach Program

Basic Eligibility Information

1) Income and Household Information:

  • Who do you purchase and prepare food with? Use this number of people in your household to determine which row to use on the chart below.
  • Using this row, is your household under the gross monthly income limit? If you meet these requirements, go on to Question 2.
Determine Your CalFresh Allotment (Effective 10/1/19 - 9/30/20)
Number of People in HouseholdGross Monthly IncomeMax CalFresh Allotment*
1$2,082$194
2$2,820$355
3$3,556$509
4$4,292$646
5$5,030$768

Household = a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together. *Minimum amount is $15/month.

2) Citizenship:

  • Does your household include at least one US citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR)?
  • If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits, even with a work VISA or SSN.

3) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations:

  • Do you receive Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)?
    • If YES, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits.
      • Please note: If you answered YES, but others in your household do NOT receive FDPIR, they may still be eligible for CalFresh benefits. 
    • If NO, go to Question 4.

4) Additional Meals:

  • Do you or does anyone in your household receive more than half (11 or more) of meals per week from another source? 
    • If YES, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits.
    • If NO, go to Question 5.

5) Age:

  • Are you over the age of 49?
    • If YES skip to Question 7.
    • If NO, go to Question 6.

6) Student Status:

  • Is anyone in your household a college student per CalFresh standards (enrolled at least half-time (typically 6+ units)?

7) You may be eligible for CalFresh benefits.

Additional Considerations:

  • Is anyone in your household over 60 or disabled? If yes, make sure to add "medical deduction" on your application.
  • Does anyone in your household have a child aged 0-5? If yes, you may also be eligible for WIC. Visit the WIC Locator Page or your local WIC office for more details.