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.


Apply Today

See if you're eligible and apply for CalFresh here. 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? Visit cdss.ca.gov or 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)

Many UCR students qualify! 

To learn more about eligibility, benefits and how to apply, visit go.ucr.edu/food

CalFresh representatives will work with you to determine which benefits are right for you.



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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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