What is CalFresh? CalFresh is a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods. In California, CalFresh used to be known as the Food Stamp Program.

Students can now apply for CalFresh benefits! Who is a student? You are considered a student if you are:

1. Age 18-49 and are physically and mentally “fit” for employment. 
2. Enrolled at least half-time* in regular curriculum at an “institution of higher education”** in which the regular curriculum meets the standard requirements for graduation or certification in a particular field of study.
*Half-time is determined by the institution in which you are enrolled.
**An institution of higher education is a business, trade, technical or vocational school that usually requires a high school diploma or GED; or a junior, community, two-year or four-year college or university, or graduate school. It does not matter whether a high school diploma or GED is required.

If you are considered a student, you can get CalFresh if you:

Work at least 20 hours per week, on average, OR
Are approved for state or federal work-study money and anticipate working during the term, OR

  • Are a full-time student with a child under age 12, OR
  • A part-time student with a child under age 6, OR
  • A part-time student with a child age 6-11 without adequate child care, OR
  • Are receiving CalWORKs, OR
  • Are enrolled in CalFresh employment and training or another job training program accepted by CalFresh, OR
  • Do not plan to register for the next school term.

Who is not a student?

The student eligibility rules do not apply to people who are:

  • Age 17 and under or age 50 and older, OR
  • Physically and mentally “unfit” for employment, OR
  • In high school, OR
  • Enrolled less than half-time, OR
  • Enrolled in programs or classes that do not require a high school diploma or GED, OR
  • Enrolled in schools that are not considered institutions of higher education.

If you are not a student and you meet other eligibility requirements, you should apply for CalFresh.

To apply visit https://www.getcalfresh.org/?source=mendocinocollege or to obtain more information, email our CalFresh Outreach team Katherine Escobedo & Naoto Horiguchi at calfreshoutreach@mendocino.edu.

Phone number: 707.467.1081

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