CalFresh Better Food for Better Living

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets.

CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. Recipients receive and “spend” CalFresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards.

The CalFresh Outreach Program is funded through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and is implemented in partnership with county social services offices. It assists people through the entire CalFresh application process, including assistance with the application itself, obtaining verification documents, navigating the 30-day application period, as well as the renewal process.

Virtual Appointment

Contact our CalFresh Outreach Team at to schedule an online appointment via Zoom. Appointments available in English and Spanish.

Apply Online

Apply for CalFresh online at 

Not sure if you are eligible? Take a Prescreen!

Fill out this quick questionnaire and we'll get back to you with your eligibility status. 

CALFRESH Assistance Request 
Schedule a meeting 

Need to send documents over to your county?
Remember you must submit verifications when you apply for CalFresh as soon as possible to avoid any delays in your application process. 

Make sure you have all your documents ready prior to moving on to this step.


Schedule a Meeting with CalFresh

 Local Programs that Increase Employability - Eligibility

All students participating in Local Programs that Increase Employability (LPIE) are eligible for an exemption to the CalFresh student eligibility rule, which will allow them to apply for CalFresh benefits. See if your program is on the list today!

Local Programs Increase Employability List



  Check Eligibility 

CalFresh Prescreen

CalFresh Prescreen Spanish


Am I Eligible
Application Process


Apply for CalFresh

Have an immediate need for food?

Cerritos College students can access the food pantry items and additional resources at the Falcon's Nest

Resource Guides


For any questions, please contact the CalFresh Outreach Team: 

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