Basic Needs

Welcome to the FRESH Hub! 


Our Vision & Mission

What is FRESH?

The FRESH Basic Needs Hub is a student-initiated center that promotes equitable access to basic needs. Our services are open to all undergraduate and graduate UCI students. FRESH offers emergency food and toiletries, CalFresh application assistance, connects students to critical on and off-campus resources, and provides educational opportunities for students.
Food Pantry

UCI Food Pantry

Our pantry distributions will be held indoors beginning August 2021. Students experiencing a food security emergency may sign up to book an appointment to visit our weekly pantry distribution.

Our new hours of operation to pick up emergency food and toiletries are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays every week for September 2021. The appointment link page will be available at least 5 days prior to the upcoming distribution, usually on Fridays.

**Please note that these dates and hours below are subject to change at any point in the future.** Please read below so you can be ready before arrival:

September Pantry Distribution Dates & Hours:

  • Wednesdays 11am-4pm
  • Thursdays 2pm-6:30pm
  • Fridays 10am-2pm

Pantry appointment links will be updated the Friday prior to the distribution day.

Before Arrival:

  1. Please book an appointment to secure your spot.
  2. Submit your Fall 2021 FRESH Hub Membership Registration Form.
  3. Complete your Daily Symptom Check and be ready to show your ZotPass at the Registration table.
  4. Come to FRESH at your timeslot on the scheduled distribution date AND bring your own bags! (If you are running late, please make sure to arrive before the end of the distribution time).
  5. A parking permit will be required to park anywhere at UCI starting July 1st, 2021.

CalFresh Application Assistance

CalFresh is a federal nutrition assistance program that helps people purchase healthy foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. Students can receive anywhere up to $204 per month to purchase groceries. FRESH offers 1-1 CalFresh application assistance appointments in-person or via Zoom.

Emergency Meal Swipes

Emergency Meal Swipes

Emergency Meal Swipes help students who are experiencing food insecurity and/or a student-related emergency, access healthy and well-balanced meals offered at UCI Dining Commons.

Social Worker Consultations

Campus Social Worker Consultations

Confidential in-person or Zoom appointments with our clinical social worker to provide support and guidance to students experiencing financial stress and/or food/housing insecurity.
Economic Crisis Response Grant

Economic Crisis Response Grant

The Economic Crisis Response Grant is a is a case-specific, university intervention to be utilized to address a student's financial crisis. A student under consideration for the Economic Crisis Response (ECR) grant must:

  • Be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at UCI,
  • demonstrate a financial crisis that is affecting their access to housing, food, medical and/or mental health care, AND
  • must have used all of their loans available to them.

Additionally, the student must have unmet need in their Financial Aid package per Financial Aid. The only exception to Financial Aid regulations is for international students who do not file a FAFSA/CA Dream Act application.



Thank you so much for thinking of supporting our students in need! 

For food donations, we accept non-perishable and perishable goods as long as they are unopened and unexpired.

We also accept monetary donations as well through the UCI Portal.



Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the UCI community! FRESH volunteers assist in greeting pantry visitors, food restock, and general pantry operations. If you're interested in volunteering please contact Keely O'Donnell-Boyd at for more information. 


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