Basic Needs



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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. 

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FRESH Pantry

The food pantry at FRESH provides emergency food and toiletries to all UCI students experiencing basic needs insecurities. Our pantry has modified services during Covid-19. Students experiencing a food security emergency may sign-up to receive a pre-packaged dairy, protein (meat), and/or produce box.

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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 $194 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 that are experiencing food insecurity receive meal swipes to eat 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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