Students & Scholarships

Food Insecurity Resources

Food Insecurity Resources

Below are resources for students experiencing food insecurity while pursuing their education. These resources can help students navigate the challenges of accessing nutritious food during their college years.


What is CalFresh

Calfresh is a government-funded program that helps assist low-income individuals and families who meet federal income eligibility for health and nutritious food.


  • Be a US Citizen, Permanent Residents, U or T visa holder, Refugees, or Asylees
  • Currently living off-campus without a meal plan
  • Be a student between ages 18-49 and enrolled at least half-time

Students Must Meet at Least One of These Qualifications:

  • Work at least 20 hours per week
  • Eligible for Work-Study
    Award TANF funded Cal Grant A or B
  • Full-time student with a child age 6-11 without adequate child care and receiving CalWORKs benefits
  • Enrolled in CalFresh employment and training or another job training program accepted by CalFresh

Eligible CalFresh Employment and Training Programs

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education (CARE) Program
  • Guardian Scholar Program
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)

Required Documentation

  • A copy of your ID
  • Proof of any income (financial aid award letter, Paystubs, or paychecks)
  • Proof of immigration status (for non-citizens)
  • Proof of student status

Income Limits

Where to Apply

Individuals who are interested in applying for CalFresh. Please find the application here.

Guide to Completing the CalFresh Application

Download our CalFresh Application Guide which simplifies the application process into 5 simple steps: General Information, Income Verification, Expenses, Personal Information, and Confirmation.

United Way

United Way is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the overall quality of life of individuals by sharing community resources:

United Way Hotline 211

  • “One Call. One Search. One Visit. Tons of Information”
  • Free and confidential service that is available 24/7 to connect individuals to human resources in their communities
  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs
  • Shelter and housing options and utility assistance
  • Employment and educational opportunities

United Way Texting Service

  • Text your zip code to TXT211 (898211)
  • Get connected to human resources in your community via text
  • More than 150 languages are available

Connect With Us

There are many ways to connect with us: