Basic Needs

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 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)*
  • 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)
  • 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 1-7. Each additional household member brings up the monthly gross income limit up $720.

CalFresh Income Guidelines