Food insecurity is defined as "being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." The astronomical costs of a college education increased the number of students that are food insecure. The AS Food Pantry was implemented to address the food inaccessibility at CSUMB. Through this service, we are able to provide students with a bag of nutritious, non-perishable food.
For more information and support with food insecurity, including CalFresh application assistance, please contact the AS Office at (831)582-4725.
CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you.
The amount of benefits an applicant can receive is dependent on their family size, income, and monthly expenses such as rent, utilities, and so forth.
All U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents' children may qualify to receive CalFresh benefits, regardless of the parents' country of origin. Parents may also qualify for benefits granted that all other program guidelines are met. Individuals without dependents may also qualify.
The program issues monthly stipends that can be used to purchase most foods at participating markets and food stores. These stipends are issued in an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
An applicant is not required to be on welfare to receive CalFresh stipends. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the stipend amount, is based on an applicant's household size and income.
Stiepends may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or paper products.
Students between the ages of 18 and 49 who are enrolled in at least 5 semester units are eligible once the following criteria are met:
- Employed and working an average of 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours per month
- Approved for federal or state work study and anticipating working during the school term (can still be eligible even if not working a work study job)
- Be enrolled in EOPS or WIOA programs
- Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6
- Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate child care (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis)
- Be a single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12 AND enrolled full-time (at least 12 semester units)
- Participating in the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) or a Food Stamp Employment or Training Program (FSET)
- Be a recipient of CalWorks or AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
- Unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count towards the work requirement
- Students who live with their parents must be 23 years of age or older to apply as an individual household
- International students are not eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN