Basic Needs teaches CalFresh 101

The Basic Needs Initiative Program at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) hosted a virtual CalFresh eligibility and enrollment information session on Feb. 25. Providing undergraduate and graduate students in-depth updates on the process of receiving CalFresh, the Basic Needs team encouraged qualifying students to reach out and redeem the assistance.

CalFresh – a federally funded supplemental nutrition program – is specifically designed for California residents. Those who are between the ages of 18 and 49, approved for work study, service learning and have a 0 expected family contribution (EFC) score on their financial aid application, are eligible to receive up to $234 a month for groceries. 

An important fact, CalFresh does not impact, reflect or change a student’s financial aid. 

Able to use at any store where groceries are sold, students cannot use the electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card funds for alcohol or tobacco. Other requirements include being a U.S. citizen, enrolled at a higher education institution part-time for a minimum of six units and meeting the income limits of no more than $1,064 after taxes for single households. 

Expanding eligibility, students working 20 hours per week or 80 hours monthly, receiving Cal Grant A or B and those who have children under the age of 12 meet the guidelines as well. 

In order to begin the application process, an appointment with Basic Needs has to be completed. The appointment will be followed by providing proper documentation, such as ID and class schedule and a phone interview with a county employee. After completing those steps, eligible students will receive their EBT card via mail and have the opportunity to hit the local farmer’s market or cook a fresh meal for dinner.

To book an appointment with Basic Needs, you can do so here:

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