What is CalFresh

CalFresh is California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that awards individuals who are eligible with monthly grocery benefits to help supplement their food budget and buy food. Benefit allotment ranges depending on household size, income, and expenses.

 CalFresh awards eligible students up to $250 a month for food. 

 

CALFRESH STUDENT ELIGIBILITY AND EXEMPTIONS

  1. US Citizenship or Permanent Legal Residence
  2. Income at or under chart based on household
  3. Between ages of 18 and 49 and enrolled at least half-time
  4. Fulfill at least ONE student exemption below:
    1. Receive CalGrant A/B
    2. A parent with a dependent child under 6 (or 12 without available childcare services)
    3. Works 20 hours per week, or an average of 80 hours per month
    4. Enrolled in one or more programs: EOP, EOPS/CARE, DSPS, Guardian Scholars, etc.
** Student Temporary Exemptions:
  1. Approved for a federal or state work study program,
  2. OR have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0.

 

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE if you meet the four basic requirements above. 

Contact Us

Have questions or needs assistance with the application?

CalFresh Specialist, Vivien McGrath
Phone: (714) 432-6892

Make an appoinment for application assistance

OR Visit GetCalFresh.org/OCC for more information

Application Assistance Hours 

  • Monday, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Apply Now

1. Fill out an application

Contact the OCC CalFresh Specialist if you need applications assistance. 
OR to apply independently please visit GetCalFresh/OCC 
 
2. Have a phone or in-person interview
Once your application is submitted, the county has 30 days to determine if you are eligible. During the 30 days, the county staff will interview and go over the application with you either over the phone or in person.

3. Submit verifications

Below are examples of items the county may ask you for verification. You will have 10 days to turn in the documents.

  • A copy of your identity (driver's license/ identification card/passport/birth certificate/ school ID)
  • Financial Aid Summary Tasks (FAST) page which shows Federal Work Study status

  • OR Student Aid Report (current academic year shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0)
  • Proof of where you live (driver's license /ID card/utility bill/rent receipt)
  • Proof of income (pay stubs/ unemployment award letter/disability benefit)
  • Social security numbers (for everyone who is applying)
  • Proof of expenses (mortgage or rent/utility and other bills)
  • Proof of a disability. Examples include an award letter for a disability-based benefit
If approved for CalFresh, you will receive an EBT card. You can use an EBT card like a debit card at most places to purchase food.

A CALFRESH HOUSEHOLD CONSIST OF

  • An individual living alone or with others who purchases and prepares food separately.
  • A group of individuals related or unrelated residing together who purchase or prepare food together.
  • If an individual is under 22 years of age and lives with parents, this is considered one household and they must apply together.
Allotment by Household and Income
People in Household Gross Monthly Income Maximum CalFresh Allotment
1 $2,148 $250
2 $2,904 $450
3 $3,660 $658
4 $4,418 $835
5 $5,174 $992
6 $5,930 $1,190
7 $6,688 $1,316
8 $7,444 $1,504
Each Additional Member +$758 +$188