Basic Needs



Section 1

FRESH offers services to UCI students to help them meet their basic needs, including food pantry visits, CalFresh application assistance, vouchers to a local farm, and consultations with our social worker. 

NEW RESOURCE: Emergency Transportation Support
We encourage any students who face financial barriers to access a vaccine site to reach out for support


  • Currently enrolled student
  • Meet current vaccine criteria
  • Experiencing financial barriers to transportation and explain circumstances in the application
  • Must have a scheduled vaccine appointment
  • Must submit request 1 business day ahead of vaccine appointment
  • Submissions are reviewed M-F from 8am to 4pm.


  • Eligible students can receive a one-time Lyft voucher for up to $75 
  • The Lyft voucher is delivered electronically to the student's UCI email
  • Questions? Email or call (949) 824-0607

Section 2

FRESH Pantry

The FRESH food pantry provides emergency food & toiletries to all UCI students experiencing basic needs insecurities. Our pantry has modified services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students experiencing a food-security emergency may reserve a pantry appointment to access our client-choice, outdoor pantry service. 

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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 is offering application assistance via Zoom conferencing software during COVID-19.

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Social Worker Consultations

Confidential Zoom appointments with our clinical social worker to provide support and guidance to students experiencing financial stress and/or food/housing insecurity.

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Farm-to-Fresh Voucher

 A food assistance program that allows pantry visitors to receive a weekly $30 voucher to use at the Tanaka Farms Drive-Through Produce Market Stand.

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Emergency Meal Swipe

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

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Economic Crisis Grant

The Economic Crisis Response Grant is a one-time grant students can apply to to address a financial crisis.
Students must have taken out all of their loans in order to be eligible.

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Diaper Bank

The Diaper Program helps student parents with a monthly supply of diapers or pull-ups. As a result of FRESH’s partnership with the OC Diaper Bank Program via Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), student parents can receive 50 diapers or 30 pull-ups per month. Sizes range from Newborn (size 0) diapers to Pull-Ups XL (4T-5T).

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