The Department of Public Social Services in Riverside County estimates nearly 40-thousand students who attend college in the county, are eligible for food stamps, or CalFresh as it is called in California.
Only about 4-thousand of those students have signed up though.
The California Student Aid Commission says hunger and food insecurity impact one-third of the college students in California.
The monthly CalFresh benefit is $234.
216 students at College of the Desert are enrolled in the CalFresh program, along with 669 students from Riverside Community Colleges, 467 students from Mt San Jacinto College, 436 from U-C Riverside campuses, and 165 from Cal State San Bernardino campuses.
To apply, go to GetCalFresh.org and check to see if you are eligible, then fill out the online application.
If all goes well, you could receive benefits within 30 days. Students who feel they might qualify can ask for assistance through their college campus or can apply online directly at students.getcalfresh.org.
You can also call (877) 847-3663, or in person at any DPSS office. Visit www.rivcodpss.org for a DPSS office location nearest you.