Food Aid

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What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a federally funded program providing eligible families in need with funds to purchase food, seeds and food producing plants.  These funds are deposited onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which can be used at grocery stores and the Farmer’s Market.

Starting Fall 2017, Taft College will be participating in a state-wide outreach program to encourage and aid eligible students to complete the CalFresh application and verification process.  Taft College CalFresh Outreach (TCCFO) will then follow-up with students to assist them with the semi-annual and annual reports to renew eligibility for the program.

How do I get started?

To get started, students can call, e-mail, text or stop by the Financial Aid department to pre-screen for eligibility.  Our trained staff may answer any questions students have about the CalFresh program and the services offered by the department.  After eligibility is determined, an appointment may be scheduled to complete the application process.

Contact Information

  • Staff:  Krystal Allikas (Financial Aid Technician), Chase Brown (CalFresh Outreach Student Worker)
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: (661) 763-7831
  • Text: (661) 745-8067
  • Office: 29 Cougar Court, Taft College, Financial Aid Department (Student Service/Administration Building)

Things to keep in mind:

  • The TCCFO does NOT determine eligibility, we only pre-screen for eligibility.
  • Only one member of the household has to be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Student can apply as an individual household if the student is 22 year old or older and living with parents.
  • If the student has a state certified disability, students only need to meet basic eligibility requirement


CalFresh Resources:

CalFresh EBT app

Kern County Department of Human Services