Basic Needs

CalFresh ELIGIBILITY


Find Out if You Qualify

Section 1

Anyone with a U.S. citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency (LPR) is able to apply for CalFresh. An individual/household must meet the following specific requirements in order to be eligible. (Non-U.S. citizens/LPRs and undocumented students do qualify for The Emergency Meal Swipe Program). For any CalFresh questions, please email our CalFresh Team at calfresh@uci.edu

Student Eligibilities 

Students must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in/receiving federal work-study or a similar program
  • Receive CalGrant A/B (must be TANF-funded)*
  • Employed at least 20 hrs/week
  • Care for a child age 12 or under
  • Registered with the UCI Disability Services Center (DSC)*
  • Enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program within the School of Education
  • Student Success Initiatives participant:* 
    • Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Scholars Program
    • Summer Bridge Scholars Program
    • TRIO Scholars Program
    • The Gateway Initiatives

*Students who are eligible through either CalGrant, DSC, or SSI must bring the following documents to their appointment:

  • CalGrant TANF Email (Please bring proof of receving this email from studentsupport@csac.ca.gov, which was sent to the email you used to apply for financial aid)
  • Disability Services Center Verification (Form must be signed by DSC prior to appointment)
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Verification (Form must be signed by School of Education prior to appointment)
  • Student Success Initiatives Exemption (Form must be signed by SSI prior to appointment) 

NOTE:

  • A student who lives on campus with a meal plan must have a 100 block plan or less
  • Students cannot apply for CalFresh if they have an active case in another county
  • Students who have Medi-Cal in another county can't have Medi-Cal in one county and CalFresh in another, so students who apply to CalFresh and are approved will have their Medi-Cal transferred to Orange County as well

Income

An individual/household must have a gross income that does not exceed the limit for the total number of applicants. Please refer to the chart below for household sizes. Each additional household member brings the monthly gross income limit up $748.

CalFresh Income Guidelines


Status

Mixed-status families can still apply for CalFresh if they have eligible members in their households! The California Department of Social Services is not allowed to share immigration information with federal agencies and the information is kept strictly confidential.

Mixed-Status Families can still apply for CalFresh if they have eligible members in their households!