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CalFresh Application Process

Step 1

Complete this CalFresh Pre-Screen Form. 

CalFresh Pre-Screen Student Form

By completing the pre-screen you can help us determine if you are eligible for the CalFresh program. If you would the CSUSB CalFresh Outreach Team to complete a prescreen with you, contact us at basicneeds@csusb.edu or call 909-537-3663. 

Step 2

Gather Your Documents.

You will need to submit documents as part of the application process. Prior to starting an application, gather the documents listed below.  During the GetCalFresh.org application process  you will have the opportunity to upload documents. Your application will not be approved if you do not submit verification documents to the county. Verification documentation that will be required include:

Valid Identification (Drivers License, Passport, State Identification Card)

Pay Stubs for the last 30 days

Rent Receipt or Lease Agreement

Class Schedule (for student only)

Financial aid award letter (student only)

Proof of $0 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) (student only, if applicable)

Step 3

Complete the CalFresh Application. 

Application Option 1: Complete the application online using GetCalFresh.org. This will submit your information directly to your county of residence. 

Application Option 2: Complete the application with a member of the CalFresh Outreach Team. 
Although the application is available online, we encourage you to apply with the help of  our team because they are familiar with the application and documentation requirements. Contact our team to schedule an appointment at basicneeds@csusb.edu or call 909-537-3663. 

Once the application is received by the county, your 30-day application period begins.

Step 4

Conduct your interview. 

You will need to complete a 30 minute interview with a county representative by phone or in person. The county office will either call or mail you a date and time for your interview. Your application will not be approved without completing this interview. The county representative will verify the information submitted in your application and may request additional documentation. 

Let our CalFresh Outreach Team know if you have not heard from the county within the first 10 days.

Step 5

Keep your CalFresh benefits.

You will need to complete a Semiannual Report (called a SAR 7 Eligibility Report) 6 months after your initial application is approved. The County will let you know when this is due.

Recertification is required every year. An application and interview must be completed before the end of your certification period. The County will let you know when your Recertification Application is due and will send you a letter confirming the time and date of your interview. Most interviews will be conducted over the phone.