Cal Fresh

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh provides qualifying students with up to $194 a month to buy healthy, nutritious foods.

If approved, you’ll receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card. It is similar to a debit card and is automatically refilled every month for your convenience. EBT Cards can be used to purchase most foods. (Alcohol, tobacco, pet food, paper/hygiene product purchases are not included.)

CalFresh is a federally mandated, state-supervised and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

CalFresh is not a welfare program and is formerly known as food stamps and SNAP.

 

CalFresh Ambassadors at UCR

Trained student peers, called the CalFresh Ambassadors, can help you to navigate the application process and support you in gathering your necessary documentation that may be required. (Eligibility will be determined by County technicians after your application is reviewed.) If you are a resident of Riverside or San Bernardino Counties and would like one-on-one assistance, please email ucrcalfresh@gmail.com or visit The WELL in HUB 248.

 

CalFresh Ambassadors Drop-In Hours

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-12pm, 1-3pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-12:30pm, 1pm-5pm

Friday: 10am-4pm

 

CalFresh Ambassadors also provide outreach to students in the R’Pantry, at nooners, and various events across campus, and can come to your class or student org to discuss the program and assist with applications.


Apply Today

See if you're eligible and apply for CalFresh. Or visit UCR’s Farmer’s Market to meet with a local CalFresh outreach coordinator, ask questions and submit an application in person. (A valid student ID is required.)


You can also apply with the following organizations:

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Jurupa: 5921 Mission Blvd., No. 100; (951) 509-8243
Riverside: 11060 Magnolia Ave.; (951) 358-3400, c4yourself.com

Community Connect
2060 University Ave., No. 212, Riverside
(951) 686-4402
This is a community hotline so callers must specify that they are hoping to sign up for or get answers about CalFresh assistance.

Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino
2950 Jefferson St., Riverside
(951) 359-4757
Please ask for the CalFresh Outreach Coordinator and specify that you are part of UC Riverside.

 

Questions? Email ucrcalfresh@gmail.comto reach a CalFresh Ambassador peer, visit cdss.ca.govor call the CalFresh Benefits Helpline at (877) 847-3663 (FOOD).

  

 

CalFresh is welcomed at Scotty's Convenience Store at The HUB (map), as well as at most farmer’s markets and grocery/convenience stores. Visit snapfresh.org to find locations near you.

Riverside locations are accessible via RTA bus Routes 1 and 51/Crest Cruiser. Get picked up at Bannockburn stop on Canyon Crest for both routes.

  • Food 4 Less, Rite-Aid and Walgreens at Chicago & University (Routes 1 and 51)
  • Ralph's and Rite-Aid in Canyon Crest Town Center (Route 51)
  • Stater Bros. on Iowa near Blaine (Route 51)
  • Trader Joe's and Vons in Riverside Plaza (Route 1, exit at Magnolia/Beatty)

Eligibility

Many UCR students are eligible for benefits.

As a general guide, students MUST:

  • Have U.S Citizen or Lawful Residency
  • Be 18-49 years old 
  • Be enrolled half or full time in an accredited school

As well as at least ONE of the following:

  • Receive Cal Grant A or B 
    • And be 25 years of age or younger
    • And be currently unmarried 
    • And themselves/parents have an income less than 50,000 when they applied for the Cal Grant
    • Work 20 hours a week
    • Have approval for state/federal work study
    • Have parental control over a 6 year old
      • And must at least be enrolled halftime
      • Be a single parent of a 12 year old or younger
        • And be enrolled full time 
        • Receive CalWorks 
        • Participate in Puente Project, Guardian Scholars 

Documents you may be asked for include:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • Proof of income (paystubs)
  • Proof of financial aid (obtained from your Student Aid Report on FAFSA)
  • Legal identification (driver’s license, CA ID card, passport)
  • Proof of rent paid

Eligibility is not determined at the time of application, nor can it be determined by the CalFresh Ambassadors.



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In Distress? We Can Help!

Contact Student Affairs Case Management:

125 Costo Hall
casemanagers.ucr.edu
casemanagers@ucr.edu

(951) 827-5000

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