Welcome to

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 like fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains and much, much more!

CalFresh benefits are pre-loaded monthly into a debit-like EBT card that can be used like a debit card. The EBT card can be used at most major chain grocery stores and Costco, as well as the Berkeley Student Food Collective and Bear Market, located in Unit 3!

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

Interested in CalFresh?



“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


CalFresh Application & Interview Sessions

Last Session for Spring 2019 semester: Monday, May 6th at the Basic Needs Center (Located in lower level of MLK Student Union) 

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 the week of 4/29-5/3 from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm to sign up for your CalFresh interview on Monday May 6th!

To expedite the application process, please bring a 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.

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

Contact US

Basic Needs Center
Lower level of MLK Student Union
2495 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

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