Basic Needs

COVID-19 Updates

Operational Updates

*Information Updated as of 4/3/2020*

Due to recent COVID-19 developments, please refer to this page for frequent updates regarding our hours of operation, services, and procedures for the pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub. Please also be mindful that there is high need for our resources, and due to COVID-19 policies on campus and statewide, we have strict food procurement opportunities which limit the resources we have. Because of which, thank you for understanding that we may not have all the resources we had to the degree in which we had them before the COVID-19 situation. As always, we wish everyone health, happiness, and peace!

Please read UCI's updatesNeed more support or have questions? Please email us at or text us at (949) 473-2806 - (preferred as we won't be able to staff the front desk at all times).

Spring 2020 Hours: ODD WEEKS Thursday 12-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm

In accordance with social distancing guidelines, please look into utilizing our resources that can be accessed online before considering seeking pantry food support. For information regarding social distancing, please check out this video below:

Emergency Pantry "NEW" Temporary Pantry Procedure
Due to our limited food availability, we have to make some temporary changes and implement limits on food available at our pantry. Our new hours of operation to pick up a FRESH Pantry Food Bag will be on odd weeks (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) Thursdays 12pm-4pm and Fridays 9am-12pm and the sign up link will be available below on every Tuesday of the week at 3pm. **Please note that these dates and hours are subject to change.** Additionally, we will have to strictly enforce our once per week visit limit at this time. Please read below so you can be ready before arrival:

    1. Please fill out our sign-up form that will be released every Tuesday of the week at 3pm.
      • The link for Week 3 will be available here soon.
    Come to FRESH at your timeslot on either Thursday or Friday.
    • If you are running late or can no longer pick up your bag, please text (949) 473-2806
    • You no longer need a parking permit to visit Lot 5

Emergency Meal Swipe Program
Anyone on campus needing meal support is strongly encouraged to apply for emergency meals swipes (entries into the Dining Commons). For more information and to apply:

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). Keep in mind that through remote services, we may not be able to advocate for you with county after your application has been submitted, though we will provide you with coaching on how to advocate for yourself (in cases there are delays or issues post-submission). 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:


We are accepting donations of non-perishable food on Wednesdays 8am to 3pm. We are also able to accept gift cards so we can distribute to students. Our front door will be locked but we will be there, so feel free to knock or call/text when you are there (949) 473-2806. Thank you!

Additional Resources

UCI Student Technology Access inventory Survey

In the interest of better understanding your technology access and needs as a student, we encourage you to participate in a five-minute survey about the device access, connectivity options, and studying environment that will be available to you in Spring. This information will enable us to do the following:

  • Knowing what kinds of technology you have access to will enable the campus to tailor online content and services to the tools that you already have on hand.
  • Knowing what kinds of technology you don't have access to will enable the campus to identify resources, opportunities, and programs to fill those gaps.
  • As new announcements, opportunities, and guidance become available that are applicable to you, based on your responses, we will be able to send you targeted outreach to let you know.
Please fill out the survey at:
Questions? Please email

Student Traveler Information

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is offering College Student Travel Assistance in response to the closing of colleges and universities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. They are reducing the minimum age and waiving young renter fees for rentals until May 31, 2020, to help students get home safely and ease the burden on families during this time.

  • Available to college students 18–24 years of age
  • Official student ID must be presented at the time of rental
  • Valid on Economy through Fullsize cars, Minivans, Small Pickup Trucks and Cargo Vans
  • Valid at U.S. locations only for rentals reserved in advance
  • Standard driver and credit requirements apply (excluding minimum age)
  • Expires May 31, 2020

Make your reservation.

Free U-Haul Storage

U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the offer.

Find more information.

Free Food Distribution

Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting drive-thru free food distributions with shelf-stable and produce items! These distributions will happen every Saturday from 9am-12pm at the Honda Center Parking Lot (2695 E Katella Ave. Anaheim CA. 92806 - Enter off Douglas and follow signs to food distribution). Please see the flyer for additional information.