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CalFresh Outreach


What is CalFresh Outreach?

Basic Needs CalFresh Outreach creates awareness for undergraduate and graduate students who may be eligible for CalFresh food benefits commonly referred to as SNAP. SNAP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). CDSS contracts with community-based organizations to provide CalFresh outreach and application assistance services. USDA funding covers less than one-half of the center’s total program costs. The remainder of funding is contributed by local partners through donations and other unrestricted, non-federal funding sources. To learn what our team can help you with, watch the video found on the left.



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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a federal nutrition assistance program that helps eligible individuals and families stretch a tight food budget. CalFresh also helps many afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets. Those who qualify are entitled to receive this assistance and will not take someone else’s place or money from another person or program.

What is an EBT card?

CalFresh issues monthly electronic benefits (money) on an EBT card that can be used to purchase groceries at locations that accept CalFresh. Simply put, an EBT Card is a debit-like card for groceries! Note that a household of 1 can receive up to $291/month in benefits.

SUN Bucks Program (Summer EBT)

SUN Bucks is a new food program that will give families $120 per eligible child to buy groceries during the summer. Children who get SUN Bucks can still receive other food programs like CalFresh and meals at Summer Meal Sites. SUN Bucks will not affect immigration status. For more information, visit the California Department of Social Services website here

Explore ways you can be eligible for CalFresh.
Working on your application, SAR-7, or Recertification? Explore the CalFresh application process and book appointments with a CalFresh Advocate today.
Application Process
Have benefits and want to know how to manage them? See support resources for managing your benefits at the tip of your fingers!
Verification Forms
Learn about the important documents and forms needed for your application.
Learn how to manage your benefits and everything related to your application through BenefitsCal.
Human Services Agency
Looking to connect with the county directly? Learn how you can get in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Need fast answers to common CalFresh questions? Check out our FAQs.
Contact Us/Our Team
Have questions or concerns? Contact our team directly for support.


Interested in exploring an interactive overview of CalFresh data? Visit the California Department of Social Services CalFresh Data Dashboard!