Step 1: Look Over Eligibility Qualifications
Eligibility criteria can be reviewed on our website, or you may complete our prescreen survey to see if you appear to be eligible for CalFresh:
Step 2: Submit an Application
Option A: If you'd like assistance completing the application, please sign-up for an application assistance appointment:
*If there are no available appointment times, please reach out to us at email@example.com or stop by the Basic Needs Center.
The online application takes 10 minutes to complete and features a chat option to get assistance with your CalFresh application.
Option B: If you would like to apply on your own:
Step 3: Complete your Interview
A social worker will contact you to:
verify the information on your application.
inform you about your rights/responsibilities.
request specific documentation to confirm your eligibility to the program.
Step 4: Submit Verification Forms
Step 5: Receive Benefits
Your benefit amount will be disbursed within the first ten days of every month.
Step 6: Submit the SAR 7 and Annual Report
CalFresh recipients are required to report their income, expenses, and other financial changes every 6 month and year mark to keep benefits.
Other Food Support Services:
If it appears that you are ineligible for CalFresh at this time, there are other food support services available to you. Please visit our Food Support pages for more information: https://basicneeds.ucmerced.edu/food-support