Basic Needs

COVID-19 Updates

Operational Updates

*Information Updated as of 10/29/2020*

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 "Give Support" tab or contact us!

Fall Week 5 Food Distribution

Fall 2020 resources available:

Pantry Food Distributions: Appointment link HERE

Our new hours of operation to pick up FRESH Pantry Food Boxes will be every week for November 2020 on Wednesdays 10:45am-3:30pm and the sign up link will be available below at least 5 days prior to the upcoming distribution, usually on Thursdays. 

**Please note that these dates and hours are subject to change at any point in the future.** Please read below so you can be ready before arrival:

    1. Please book an appointment HERE 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

November Pantry Distribution Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 4th
  • Wednesday, November 11th
  • Wednesday, November 18th
  • Wednesday, November 25th

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.

Book your appointment and visit for more information.

Zoom Consultations with Basic Needs Campus Social Worker 

Experiencing financial stress, food/housing insecurity, and other stressors and want support and guidance? 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! Book your consultation at:
*Once your booking is received, you will receive the Zoom call link via email
If you have trouble finding an available appointment slot, please mail us at

Emergency Grants

Up to $2,000 emergency grants available for students facing a basic needs emergency.
***Please note that only those students who have already taken out all their loans are eligible to receive an emergency grant***
Application and instructions on how to submit can be found at:

Farm-to-FRESH Produce Voucher Program

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 Summer 2020, 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!

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OC COVID-19 Hotline