Help keep students fed


College students juggling jobs and studies often have difficulty getting enough to eat, but few are aware that they can get help putting food on the table from a state program.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 214, which requires the California Student Aid Commission to provide written notice to all college students qualified to participate in CalFresh. The program provides benefits to more than 4 million low-income Californians as part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Low-income Cal Grant recipients and students enrolled in certain employment training programs or caring for depending children can receive up to $194 per month in food benefits from CalFresh.

College students are our future and they can’t do well if they are not well fed. Please help spread the word about this important opportunity and tell any college students you know that the Alameda Food Bank will provide free, nutritious food to students in need even if they don’t qualify for CalFresh. Students earning up to $3,000 a month ($5,000 a month for a family of three) can qualify for food from the Alameda Food Bank valued at up to $500 a month.


Cindy Houts Executive Director Alameda Food Bank