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Am I eligible?

Are you eligible to receive CalFresh?

You may qualify for CalFresh if you answer "yes" to questions 1 and 2 below:

Household size is defined as a person living alone or a group of people living together who buy food and prepare meals together.

  • For example if you are student living off-campus who buys and prepares food alone you may be considered a household of one (even if you have housemates)

 

1. Is your household's GROSS monthly income (before taxes and deduction with the limits in the chart below?

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    People in Household

    Gross Monthly Income

    Maximum CalFresh Allotment*

    1

    $2,010

    $192

    2

    $2,708

    $352

    3

    $3,404

    $504

    4

    $4,100

    $640

    5

    $4,798

    $760

    6

    $5,494

    $913

    7

    $6,190

    $1,009

    8 $6,888 $1,153

     *Minimum amount is $15/month*

    Each additional  household is member is +$144

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Are you a student between the ages 18 and 49, enrolled in at least 6 units, have no meal plan (or have a meal plan that provides ten or less of your meals/week) AND do you meet any ONE of the following requirements?

  • Working and getting paid for an average of 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month
  • 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) 
  • Receiving Cal Grant A or B AND is not married, 25 years of age or younger and has income les than $50,000
  • Be enrolled in a program that increases employability for current and former foster youth (Guardian Scholars, FYSI, CAFYES, ETV, or Extended Foster Care)
  • Be exerting parental control over a department household member under the age of 6 OR between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the country on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be a single arent of a dependent household member under the age of 12 AND enroleld full-time (12+ units)
  • Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or ber a recipient of CalWorks or AFDC (Aid to Familes with Dependent Children) 

Other things to consider:

  • Unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count towards the work requirement
  • Students who live with their parents must be 22 years of age or older to apply as an individual household
  • International, DACA, and DREAM students may not be eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN
  • Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may not be eligible
  • Students with a state certified disability only need to meet basic eligibility

 

If you think you are eligible or are still not sure, please click here to review the application process