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CalFresh Eligibility Requirements Temporarily Expanded for Low-Income College Students

The State of California has temporarily expanded student eligibility requirements for CalFresh Program for low-income college students, to reduce food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “The COVID-19 pandemic sparked the expansion of students’ eligibility, as it became apparent that students were suffering food insecurity more than other populations,” said Abraham Gomez, DPSS Human Services Administrator Manager II in the CalFresh Nutrition Program Section.  “The lack of jobs due to shutdowns and classes not being held on campuses made things especially challenging.”

Previously, students were required to participate in college work-study; however, now they only need to be eligible to participate.  Students attending local colleges with an estimated family contribution of zero are now eligible for CalFresh benefits if they meet all other financial and non-financial eligibility requirements.

Eligible students can receive a maximum of $192 a month for groceries and discounted internet services.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent legal resident status and meet CalFresh income requirements.

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