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calfresh @ berkeley

What is Calfresh?

CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, is an nutrition program that can help you stretch your monthly budget! CalFresh can provide eligible students with the ability to buy and eat nutritious and healthy foods!

CalFresh benefits are pre-loaded monthly into an EBT card that can be used like a debit card at most major chain grocery stores, like Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Costco. It can also be used at some smaller stores, like the Berkeley Student Food Collective!

Select farmers’ markets accept CalFresh benefits too! Some listed farmers’ markets participate in the Market Match, which matches the amount you spend at the farmers’ market.

Interested in CalFresh?



Do you want to submit your CalFresh application and be interviewed by an eligibility worker on campus in one fell swoop? Are you busy and not able to attend an off-campus or phone interview? If you would like to have the help of a certified Alameda County Community Food Bank CalFresh Case Manager to walk you through the application process and be interviewed by an Alameda County Social Services Eligibility Worker, be sure to attend a CalFresh application session!

Alameda County Community Food Bank hosts application sessions every Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM in the Basic Needs Center.

At Application Sessions, UC Berkeley CalFresh Ambassadors or Alameda County Community Food Bank Case Managers walk students through the CalFresh application and document submission processes.

To expedite the application process, please bring a printed or electronic copy of all of the following documents. Bring as many of the documents as you can, and the CalFresh clinicians will help you through the rest.

  • Identification: Student ID, Birth Certificate, Driver License, CA ID, or U.S Passport
  • Social Security Number (just the number)
  • Immigration status: Permanent Resident Card (only required for non-citizens)
  • Dated check stubs for the last 30 days, statement of earnings from employer.
    • If you are a UC employee, statements can be found here.
  • Housing: Mortgage or rent receipt, first page of your lease agreement, informal rent or lease letter
    • Dorm Living or Residence Hall Living:
      • Go to My Finances tab in CalCentral. Under “My Billing Summary,” click on “Details.” Search for Rent or Residence Hall Living for the term you are in. From there, click open one of the charges for that month of your application or the previous month.
      • Informal rent or lease letter can be submitted, but must be dated with the amount paid and contact information for the person who wrote you the letter
  • Utilities or Other Bills: gas, electricity, water, or telephone (1-2 recommended)
  • Financial award letter showing one or all of these: Cal Grant A or B, and/or Federal Work Study. To access your offer, click here.
  • Schedule of classes: showing how many units you are taking

Have questions about the documents? Contact us at calfreshclinic@berkeley.edu

Eligible individuals can also apply on the student-friendly CalFresh website themselves. Refer to this guide for help on applying yourself!

If you are not eligible for CalFresh, click below to find out about the Food Assistance Program.

Are you a student who has been denied CalFRESH benefits? Check out the Fall 2019 Appeals Clinics!

Assistance through the appeals process for CalFresh denials and delays.
6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
Basic Needs Center

If you have an emergency need for food, click below to find out about Food Now.


“As a single father of two, CalFresh allows me to get an education and have the basic resources to provide for my children. Having CalFresh at the end of the month assures I can at least afford to cook for my children. The CalFresh clinic helped me realize I qualified for benefits as a student that I thought I was ineligible for.”

Joshua Kleinbergs, social welfare 2017


"It helped me understanding how I could feed my family without going into greater student debt. It also helped me gain acceptance of the aid offered me and made me realize that there's no shame in accepting help. I learned how to effectively communicate with my CalFresh worker and advocate for my family's needs."

Sarah Roncskevitz, Undergraduate 2018

Contact US

Basic Needs Center
Suite 72, BNorth (Lower level of MLK Student Union)
2495 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Need help applying for benefits or have a case-specific question?