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CalFresh Clinic

 

CalFresh Clinic

 
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CalFresh Clinics are hosted every Friday:

1st , 3rd, and 5th Friday of the month, clinics are from 9-12PM.

2nd, 4th Friday of the month, clinics are from 1-5PM.


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MEGAClinic

November 12 will be the first ever megaClinic in pauley ballroom.  attendees will need to bring their own personal laptops and tablets.  There will be undergraduate, graduate, and mixed sessions.

Undergraduate sessions: 

9am - 10am

11am - 12pm*

1pm - 2 pm

Graduate Sessions:

10am - 11am

11am - 12pm*

2pm - 3pm

*Mixed Sessions

If you are interested in signing up for the MegaClinic, please SIGN-UP HERE


If you are interested in signing up for regular clinic, SIGN UP HERE

Completely booked? Don't have time to attend a clinic? You can apply via GetCalFresh. Apply here.

If you are not eligible for Cal Fresh, but have need for ongoing food support, you may qualify for our UC Berkeley Food Assistance Program. Learn more here

If you need FOOD NOW, click here to learn about the resources available to you. 


What is CalFresh?

CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you stretch your monthly budget! The purpose of CalFresh is to promote the health and well-being of qualified students by providing food dollars each month to buy foods like fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and so much more.

Benefits are distributed to a discrete EBT card that can be used like a debit card at many of the major chain grocery stores including: Costco and Trader Joe's. The Berkeley Student Food Collective also takes EBT!  

Select Farmer Markets also accept CalFresh benefits!  Some listed farmer markets participate in the Market Match, which matches the amount you spend at the farmers market.  Click here to find participating locations.

California AB 1930

AB1930 has made Cal Fresh more inclusive for college student enrollment. If you are eligible/qualify for ANY of the following, you are potentially eligible for Cal Fresh:

  • Undergraduate Students
    • Cal Grant A or B
    • Participant of ANY of the following:
      • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
      • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
      • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
      • College Disabled Students Program and Services/Student Academic Support
      • Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program
      • UC McNair Program
      • CalFresh Employment and Training Program
      • Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program
      • Puente Project
      • Foster Youth Success Initiative
      • Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth
      • Educational Support (CAFYES)
      • Extended Foster Care (AB 12/AB 212)
      • Guardian Scholars Program
      • Chafee Educational Training Voucher Program
    • Eligible for Federal Work Study
  • Graduate Students
    • Eligible for Federal Work Study 
    • Were a participant of EOP, Federal TRiO Programs, Current/Former Foster Youth Programs, Disables Student Programs

Even if you do not meet any of these eligibilities, you may still potentially qualify under non-student eligibility.   

All applicants, student and non-student, must be within the income eligibility presented in the table below:

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Please have the following items for your appointment:

  1. Pell Grant, Cal Grant A or B, and/or Federal Work Study (a screen shot will do). To access your offer, click here
  2. Schedule of classes
  3. Rent or Lease Agreement 
    • Formal Lease/ Rent Agreement
    • Informal rent or lease letter can be submitted, but must be dated with the amount paid and contact information for payee
    • Homeless students CAN apply for CalFresh 
  4. Identification Card (ex. California driver's license, Cal1Card) 
  5. If you are working a non-work study job, bring your pay stubs for the last 4 weeks.
  6. Social Security Number (You do not need to bring your Social Security Card)

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Hong Heng, the CalFresh Program Coordinator.

locations to Use Your Cal Fresh Funds

To find more information about local farmers' markets that accept CalFresh EBT, visit Ecology Center.

For more general information on where you can use your CalFresh EBT card, check here to find stores and ATMS in your area.

Campus Cal Fresh Contact Info

CalFresh Program Coordinator: Hong Heng

Via email: calfreshclinic@berkeley.edu


Applications

 
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It helped me understand how I could feed my family, without going into greater student debt. It also helped me gain acceptance of the aid offered to me and made me realize that there’s no shame in accepting help. I learned how to effectively communicate with my Calfresh worker and advocate for my family needs.
— Sarah Roncskevitz, Undergraduate 2018
As a single father of two, CalFresh allows me to get an education and have the basic resources to provide for my children. Having CalFresh at the end of the month assures I can at least afford to cook for my children. The CalFresh clinic helped me realize I qualified for benefits as a student that I thought I was ineligible for.
— Joshua Kleinbergs, Social Welfare 2017