Applying for CalFresh Benefits

Apply Online:

Use CalFresh Student Portal. Read instructions and click on Get Started at bottom. (Application process should take about 10 minutes).

Please Note:
If you are under the age of 22 and live with biological, adoptive, or stepparent(s) you must apply together, even if you purchase and prepare your own food.

Apply by Phone:

Call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD)

Apply In Person:

You can apply at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.

View a list of DPSS offices within approximately 5 miles of LA City campus.

For other languages, or reasonable accommodations, find an office at For speech and/or hearing assistance call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) or 711 Relay

Additional information and resources about applying for CalFresh.

CalFresh is a program that is available for anyone who is eligible. There is no cap on how many people may receive benefits. Anyone who needs and is eligible for these critical services should apply for them.

Need Assistance?

In Person:
For quick questions, you can visit City Cares Network, located in Student Union 225 from 10am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For longer meetings, we recommend making an appointment by sending an email or using Cranium Cafe (see below).

To speak virtually with a member of our team, please use Cranium Cafe:
For general inquiries, visit the City Cares Network virtual lobby.
For inquiries about the Fresh Success program, visit the Fresh Success virtual lobby.

Contact Us

Office Hours and Location

Tuesdays to Thursdays: 10:00AM - 3:00 PM

Online/ Virtual
Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed


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Phone: (323)953-4000 Ext. 2190