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CalFresh @ Berkeley

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Application Assistance

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Receiving food support is easy!

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We're here to help you apply


August 12, 2020

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Welcome to CalFresh!

CalFresh, also known as SNAP/EBT, is a long term food assistance program that awards eligible students up to $194 per month for groceries. 

It can be used to buy nutritious and healthy foods. 

CalFresh funds are loaded monthly into an EBT card that can be used just like a debit card at most major chain grocery stores, convenience stores, some smaller stores like the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and even select farmers' markets! 

How do I apply?

Find out if you are eligible and prepare your documents. Once you're ready, you can apply on your own at the student-friendly CalFresh website or book an application assistance appointment to meet with either a certified CalFresh ambassador or Alameda County Community Food Bank staff member to help you fill out the application.

If you do not currently reside in California, you can find out how to apply in your state at the College SNAP Project. If you are not an enrolled student, learn how to apply at the federal SNAP website.

Virtual Application Assistance Appointment

Sign up for an application assistance appointment here to meet with a certified CalFresh ambassador or Alameda County Community Food bank staff member to help you apply, or answer any other questions you have.

Application assistance is open to students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff.

For more information, check out our FAQ page or contact us at

Step by Step Guide to CalFresh

Step 1. Are You Eligible for CalFresh?

Step 2: Choose an option

I'm Eligible, I Would Like Help Applying

I'm Eligible, I Want to Apply Myself

I'm Not Eligible, Direct Me to Other Resources

After Applying

I've Applied, What Now?

After applying, you'll receive a call from CalFresh in a couple of days to verify your situation. If approved, you'll receive your benefits within 30 days.

Using My CalFresh Card

Here is the whole list of locations that accept EBT!

Renewing CalFresh

To continue receiving CalFresh you must submit a SAR 7 form every six months either at the Alameda County Social Services website or by mail. You'll be notified by text or email before documentation is due. Be sure to submit this on time to avoid cancellation of your benefits.

My Application Was Denied

The Food Justice Project can help you through the appeals process.

I Still Have Questions

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or email us at