Basic Needs


What is CalFresh Food?

CalFresh Food is a nutrition assistance program that provides monthly funds for groceries for individuals and families who are eligible.

These funds can help stretch a tight food budget and provide access to healthy food options and allow students to incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy produce into their diets. 

CalFresh Food benefits are placed on personal Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that look just like credit or debit cards. These benefits can be used to purchase grocery items at places like Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and online vendors like Amazon for identified grocery items.

Golden State Advantage EBT Card


You can also apply on your own online, but from our experience you have a greater chance of being approved by setting up an appointment to complete the application with our CalFresh Outreach team.

CalFresh Food Outreach: Overcoming Barriers to Student Success

This video was a capstone project made by CSUMB alum, Robert Jurado. He was a Collaborative Health and Human Services (CHHS) Major and the very first CalFresh Food Outreach intern with the Dean of Students Office. He identified and interviewed several CSUMB students who successfully received CalFresh Food benefits after learning about the program at campus events, such as the Associated Students Food Pantry. Hear what the students have to say about their experiences with CalFresh Food.