What is CalFresh?
CalFresh Food is California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It provides monthly food assistance for individuals and families with low incomes.
Will receiving benefits affect my financial aid package?
No, CalFresh benefits are provided in addition to financial aid. They do not negatively impact eligibility or total amount awarded.
Do I have to report CalFresh benefits on my or my family's taxes?
Will applying for CalFresh take away benefits from those who need it more than I do?
No. Everyone who qualifies for CalFresh can get benefits. In California, there are about 4 million people who are eligible but not receiving CalFresh. For every $5 of CalFresh spent in a community, another $9 of local economic activity is generated. This helps support jobs and businesses in your community.
Will my immigration status affect my CalFresh eligibility?
Some noncitizens may be eligible for CalFresh. Even if you are not eligible for CalFresh, other members of your family may be eligible. Getting CalFresh won’t count as a public charge if you are working toward citizenship. If you are undocumented and facing food insecurity, please visit the Fainbarg Chase Thrive Center food pantry located at Village 206 for free nutritious groceries and grab-and-go snacks.
If I get CalFresh, will this impact my taxes or finances in the future?
No. CalFresh benefits are not considered taxable income and will not have an impact on the future of your finances.
Where can I apply?
You can apply online and receive your EBT card in the mail! No need to go to an office! Apply online
here or email a staff member for application assistance here at
ThriveCenter@sac.edu. We are here to help!