Basic Needs



Section 1


CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is a nutrition assistance program sponsored by the USDA that helps people purchase healthy foods.

  • The program issues monthly electronic benefits on an EBT card that can be used at most grocery stores and farmers markets.

  • Students can receive anywhere between $15-$192 per month to purchase groceries.

  • Can be used at most grocery stores & some farmers’ markets.

  • Can purchase most foods, except:
    • Hot & Prepared food 
    • Drugs 
    • Alcohol
    • Toiletries 
  • Benefits can roll over from month to month.

  • Benefits can be used all over the country.

Local Stores that Accept CalFresh

  • Albertson's
  • Traders Joe's
  • WalMart
  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • Orange County Farmer's Markets
  • Sprouts
  • Vons
  • 7Eleven
  • Food4Less
  • Northgate Market

For CalFresh recipients who are registered as elderly, homeless, or disabled, the Restaurant Meals Program allows you to use your benefits at participating restaurants in Anaheim and Santa Ana. For more information and lists of participating restaurants near you, visit their website.