Are you eligible for CalFresh/Food Stamps?

  • What is Calfresh?
    Calfresh is a government nutrition program that provides funds for individuals and families to purchase groceries.  It is formerly known as Food Stamps and nationally it is known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • What can I buy with Calfresh?
    You can buy fresh, frozen, canned and dry foods like meats, vegetables, fruits, breads, grains, dairy, and other grocery items that you can take home and prepare in a kitchen! You can NOT buy alcohol, tolietries (toothpaste, tissue), pet food, and ready-to-eat-food

  • Where can I use Calfresh?
    Anywhere that says they take "EBT"! Places like Luckys, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Safeway, Rainbow Grocery, Food Maxx, Smart & Final, and many more.

    CalFresh is also accepted at farmers markets (List of Farmers Markets that accept CalFresh in San Francisco County)

  • How long will it take to get CalFresh?
    By law, counties must get back to your application with an approval or denial within 30 days. But if you have an emergency, you may be able to get CalFresh faster

  • How can Single Stop at CCSF help students apply?
    Single Stop coordinators are trained to help determine a person's eligibility and complete the application process.  It's confidential and free, and we can help students apply for many California counties.

If you’re a CCSF student who earns $0-$1,211 per month gross income, you may be eligible for CalFresh if you meet one of the following:

You’re approved for Financial Aid Federal Work Study program


You’re working approximately 80 hours/month


You have custody (full or half time) of a child/children newborn—12 years


You are 50 years of age or older