Apply for CalFresh

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Students signing up for CalFresh EBT Food Stamps

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh helps individuals and families purchase the food they need to live happier, healthier lives.

CalFresh is California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly known as Food Stamps, CalFresh is financial assistance that is received on a monthly basis to use to purchase grocery items. From CalFresh eligibility to maintaining CalFresh benefits, our passionate team of students and professional staff individually support each student through their CalFresh journey.

Students signing up for CalFresh EBT Food Stamps

Calfresh benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and even on campus!

Can I use my EBT card on campus?

Stop By & Apply!

Basic Needs Center, SSC 190A

Monday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Friday Closed
Student using EBT Food Stamps at a store on Chico State campus

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Free Student Resource Guide!

Wondering where to grab a quick bite on campus? How about where to use your EBT card? Maybe you’re looking for a new trail to get your morning run in? Download a free copy of our Student Resource Guide for info on and off campus!

Mockup of the Student Resource Guide

Student success is fueled by student health & happiness.

This starts with having consistent access to nutritious food.

Chico State Food Pantry offers food for free to hungry students.

Why Apply?

Helping students just like YOU stretch a tight food budget.

Use an EBT card you can carry with you.

Worry less about the cost of food!

Student Support

Chico State’s CalFresh Outreach Team supports students through the CalFresh application process.

Eligibility Prescreen

Eligibility Prescreen

Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Verification Documents

Verification Documents

Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

Application Renewal

Application Renewal



Apply in under 30 minutes!

After applying, you’ll be contacted to review your application in detail over the phone with a county worker. This part is referred to as a County Interview. During the interview, the county worker will advise you on what documents you need to submit to the county office to finalize your CalFresh eligibility. If your application is approved, you’ll start receiving benefits to use on grocery items.

Student putting food on the table in the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

Contact Us

Have questions about applying? Looking for something not found on our resource pages for students or staff? Send us a message and we’ll get back to you soon!