CalFresh Basic Eligibility

Basic Eligibility Information

  1. Income and Household Information:
    • Who do you purchase and prepare food with? Use this number of people in your household to determine which row to use on the chart below.
    • Using this row, is your household under the gross monthly income limit? If you meet these requirements, go on to Question 2.
    Determine Your CalFresh Allotment (Effective 10/1/18 - 9/30/19)
    Number of People in Household Gross Monthly Income Max CalFresh Allotment*
    1 $2,024 $192
    2 $2,744 $353
    3 $3,464 $505
    4 $4,184 $642
    5 $4,904 $762

    Household = a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together. *Minimum amount is $15/month.

  2. Citizenship:
    • Does your household include at least one US citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR)?
    • If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits, even with a work VISA or SSN.
  3. Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations:
    • Do you receive Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)?
      • If YES, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits.
        • Please note: If you answered YES, but others in your household do NOT receive FDPIR, they may still be eligible for CalFresh benefits.
      • If NO, go to Question 4.
  4. Additional Meals:
    • Do you or does anyone in your household receive more than half (11 or more) of meals per week from another source?
      • If YES, you are most likely not eligible for CalFresh benefits
      • If NO, go to Question 5.
  5. Age:
    • Are you over the age of 49?
      • If YES skip to Question 7.
      • If NO, go to Question 6.
  6. Student Status:
    • Is anyone in your household a college student per CalFresh standards (enrolled at least half-time (typically 6+ units)?
      • If YES, visit the college student eligibility page for additional eligibility information.
      • If NO, go to Question 7.
  7. You may be eligible for CalFresh benefits.
    • Call 760-921-5500 or stop by the front desk in the John O. Crain College Services Building (Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) or in the Student Success Lab (during operational hours) and get support.

Additional Considerations:

  • Is anyone in your household over 60 or disabled? If yes, make sure to add "medical deduction" on your application.
  • Does anyone in your household have a child aged 0-5? If yes, you may also be eligible for WIC. Visit the WIC Locator Page or your local WIC office for more details.