What is CalFresh?

The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your bills. CalFresh benefits come on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which you can use just like a bank card at most food stores.

This is a Federal Funded Program and only permanent residents or citizens can qualify for the program.
Parents with children who are citizens can apply on their child’s behalf.

How do I apply?

For all UCSB students who wish to have supplemental nutrition assistance, please apply for CalFresh at students.getcalfresh.org/s/ucsb. If you wish to be assisted by a certified CalFresh advocate throughout the entire application process please refer to the following contacts and outreach times.

CalFresh Outreach Schedule Winter 2019

January 7, 2019 – March 15, 2019

Visit any of the following locations to talk with a CalFresh Advocate who can walk you through the application process:

El Centro
Monday through Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:30am – 5:00pm

RCSGD, SRB Floor 3
Monday through Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Miramar Pantry
Tuesday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

AS Food Bank 
 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Financial Aid Office
Monday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

IV Food Co-Op
Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Student Health
Friday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm


In order to be eligible to apply for CalFresh as a student, the student must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be 18 yrs of age or older and not living with your parents (unless 22, then ok)
  • Meet at least ONE of 4 requirements listed below:
    • Have been awarded work study at some point in time during the 2015-2016/ 2016-2017 academic year OR
    • Working a minimum of 20 hours/week OR
    • Are a part of EOP/EOPS
    • Receiving Cal Grant A or B

What should I bring?

If you wish to expedite your application process please bring a photocopy of ONE document per category if applicable. Have questions or confuse about the documents? Bring as many of the document below as you can and the advocates can help you guide you through the rest.

  • Identification: Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, CA ID, U.S. Passport
  • Social Security Number: Social Security Card
  • Immigration Status: Permanent Resident Card (only required for non-residents)
  • Earned Income: Dated check stubs for the last 30 days, statement of earnings from employer
    (If you are a UCSB employee, statements can be found at https://atyourserviceonline.ucop.edu
  • Housing: Mortgage or rent receipt, lease, or statement from your landlord/subletter (if you live in campus-owned housing go to mybarc.ucsb.edu > Transaction details > Print Page with H&RS-Rm&Bd charge). 
  • Utilities or Other Bills: gas, electricity, water, propane, telephone, etc. (1-2 required)
  • College Students (ALL 3 Required): 
  • Child Care: Child care receipt which includes amount, date paid, name(s) of person(s) care was provided for, signature of provider and date