Basic Needs

Emergency Meal Swipe Program


 What is the Emergency Meal Swipe Program?

This program helps students that are experiencing food insecurity and/or a student emergency, access to
several healthy and well-balanced meals at one of the University Dining Commons.

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  • Be enrolled and a registered student at UCI
  • Indicate the lack of a regular source of sufficient nourishment
  • Not have an alternative source of meal options (i.e. all access meal plan)
  • (Citizenship status does not affect eligibility) 

Meal Swipe Limits:

Students who qualify are awarded a minimum of 20 meals, but students who show greater need can get awarded more meals based on their situation. Please be detailed in your application for us to accurately assess and serve your needs.

Steps to get Swipes:

  1. Fill out the EEE application here
  2. Submit your Budget Worksheet & Financial Aid Award Letter to our Basic Needs Coordinator at
    • (you may skip this step if you don't receive financial aid)
      • Login to: My Aid (OFAS)
      • Go to: "My Aid Award"
      • Select: "View My Aid By Terms"
      • Take a screenshot or download the PDF version
Within 2-3 days business days, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified via e-mail whether or not you've been accepted.
If accepted, meal swipes will be uploaded to your UCI Student ID.