Application & Interview Process
Does it cost money to apply for CalFresh?
No. Applying to CalFresh is free!
How long will it take to know if I’ve been approved?
After your application, your caseworker will determine if you qualify for expedited services. Then your application status will be determined between 3–30 days.
What if I am homeless?
You can qualify for CalFresh even if you do not have a home, address. or place to cook. People without homes can often get benefits within 3 days.
Once you submit a CalFresh application and provide the necessary documents, your county will call you for an interview. Interviews are held Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM. Student can expect a phone call from their county within the 30-day application period. The county may call for an unknown or blocked phone number.
The purpose of the interview is for you to speak with a CalFresh representative and gain additional knowledge about the CalFresh program. Additionally, the county worker will verify your eligibilities for CalFresh and request additional documentation if necessary.
Beach CalFresh Outreach offers assistance for students wanting additional support in preparing for the interview with the county.