Basic Needs


*Information Updated as of 1/4/2022*


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Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, FRESH Basic Needs Hub created this page to highlight changes in FRESH emergency services and procedures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt our processes to prioritize the safety of our students and our team.

As of June 2021, we require staff and visitors to wear face covering and practice physical distancing while accessing in-person services.

Please read UCI updates for campus directives.


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Disclaimer: All FRESH programming and services are intended to serve currently enrolled UCI students. If you are no longer with UCI, we invite you to visit for community resources

Please make sure to reach out if you need support! As always, we wish everyone health, happiness, and peace.

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OC COVID-19 Hotline

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

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

Pantry Distribution

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.


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 $250 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 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 through the UCI Portal.

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