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,

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 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 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

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


In Distress? We Can Help!

Contact Student Affairs Case Management:

125 Costo Hall

(951) 827-5000