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. Together with MarketMatch you can double your CalFresh dollars at participating.
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 have questions or would like one-on-one assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The WELL in HUB 248.
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. To request our team contact us at email@example.com
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, getcalfresh.org/
2060 University Ave., No. 212, Riverside
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
Please ask for the CalFresh Outreach Coordinator and specify that you are part of UC Riverside.
Where is CalFresh Accepted
CalFresh is welcomed at Scotty's Convenience Store at The HUB (map), as well as at most farmer’s markets and grocery/convenience stores. Double your CalFresh Dollars at any participating Farmer’s Market. By spending $20 you can get an extra $20 to spend at a farmer’s market.
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) (Route 16)
- 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 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.