Basic Needs


*Information Updated as of 4/15/2021*


Section 1

Due to recent COVID-19 developments, please refer to this page for frequent updates regarding our hours of operation, services, and procedures for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub's services. Please also be note that our pantry distribution processes have been temporarily modifed to align with COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and please make sure to reach out of you need support! As always, we wish everyone health, happiness, and peace!

Please read UCI's updatesNeed immediate support or have questions? Please email us at or call/text us at (949) 473-2806 (This phone has replaced our landline as we as we are working partly remote).

Questions about donations? Please refer to our DONATE tab or contact us!

Section 2


OC COVID-19 Hotline

General questions:
COVID-19 HOTLINE (714) 834-2000

Medical questions:
Health Referral Line (800) 564-8448

Pantry Distribution

Pantry Distribution Appt.

Pantry Food Distributions: 

Our pantry has modified services during Covid-19. Students experiencing a food security emergency may sign up to receive a mixed box of produce, dairy, and deli. Our new hours of operation to pick up FRESH Pantry Food Boxes will be every week for April 2021 on Wednesdays 11:00am-3:00pm. The sign up page will be available at least 5 days prior to the upcoming distribution, usually on Thursdays. 

**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:

April Pantry Distribution Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 14
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Wednesday, April 28

Before Arrival:

  1. Please book an appointment to select and secure your appointment.
  2. 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).
  3. You don't currently need a parking permit to park in Lot 5.
Book Appointment

Virtual CalFresh

Virtual CalFresh Assistance

FRESH is offering application assistance via Zoom conferencing software. Through this method, we will have one of our staff guide you through the CalFresh application remotely while you complete it on your own (through the feature of screen sharing). If you are living with family members and buying/sharing food with them, please be aware that you will have to apply with them. Please consult your family before signing-up for an appointment. Please also be aware that we will need everyone’s documents on the application as well, including everyone's IDs, Social Security Numbers, and pay stubs for every employed family member.

Zoom Appointment

Farm-to-FRESH Voucher

Farm-to-FRESH vouchers help supplement our pantry distributions with additional access to fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this program, our pantry visitors can get additional food support and receive up to 4 monthly $30 vouchers (or more for students with children) to use at the Tanaka Farms Drive-Through Produce Market Stand. Please note that for Winter 2021, we are requiring applicants to first tap into our pantry food distributions before requesting supplemental support via these vouchers.

Please visit the Farm-to-FRESH tab to apply!

Emergency Meal Swipe Program

Emergency Meal Swipes

The Emergency Meal Swipe Program (EMSP) helps students who are experiencing food insecurity and/or a student-related emergency, access several healthy and well-balanced meals offered at UCI's Dining Commons.

Social Worker Consultations

Basic Needs Social Worker

FRESH Social Worker Consultations are confidential Zoom appointments with our basic needs clinical social worker to provide support and guidance to students experiencing financial stress, food/housing insecurity, and other stressors or complex needs.

Do you have additional basic needs questions or need help navigating campus and community resources? Book a 30-minute consultation via Zoom with our Campus Social Worker, Peter Thach! If you have trouble finding an available appointment slot, please mail us at . 

Zoom Appointments
Economic Crisis Response Grant

Economic Crisis Response Grant

The Economic Crisis Response Grant 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 the 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.


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.




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