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. 


Section 2

Diaper Bank

The Diaper Bank helps student parents with a monthly supply of diapers or training pants (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).


Short-Term Transportation Support

Short-term transportation support for students who face financial barriers and need access to basic needs resources. Emergency Lyft passes in $25 dollar increments will be issued to student applicants based on their specific needs and needs assessment.
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UCI Food Pantry

The UCI Food Pantry housed at FRESH provides emergency food and toiletries to UCI students experiencing basic needs insecurities. Students can access our pantry once per week using their UCI Student ID card or by providing your student ID number at the check-in station. All information is kept confidential. Item maximums are regulated through our one basket per student policy.

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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.
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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.

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Farm-to-Fresh Produce Vouchers

Farm-to-FRESH vouchers help supplement FRESH's pantry distributions with additional access to fruits and vegetables. Pantry visitors who are still experiencing food insecurity can apply to receive a quarterly allocation of vouchers to use at the Tanaka Farms Produce Market Stand.

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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.



Returns Fall 2021

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 meet all eligibilities (see More Info).

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Halal Meat Support

This additional pantry resource is meant to support Muslim students who adhere to a strict halal diet.
Students who qualify receive a small allocation of halal protein on a monthly basis.

Grocery Card Support

A one-time electronic grocery card to support students who are not able to physically access the resources at the UCI Food Pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub.
To be considered for grocery card support, the students applicant must be currently enrolled and experiencing food insecurity challenges.
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Basic Needs Sponsored Housing

Up to 30-days of temporary housing at UCI is provided to students who are currently facing homelessness per the McKinney-Vento definition. Open to learn more. 

The Mckinney-Vento Act defines homelessness as:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (also referred to “doubled up” or “couch surfing”)
  • Students who live in substandard housing such as motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Students living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Students abandoned in hospitals
  • Students with no stable foster care placement

Students (possibly with families) who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.

Students eligible to be housed in the Basic Needs Sponsored Housing spaces must be currently enrolled with full- or part-time status; Exceptions will be considered in a collaborative process, with the final determination to be made by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Eligible students must be in good standing with the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, and with UCI Student Housing.

To request support, a student must be referred by UCI Campus Social Worker. Students may book a Campus Social Worker Consultation to be assessed for this resource.