Basic Needs

COVID-19 Updates

Operational Updates

*Information Updated as of 8/6/2020*

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 fresh@uci.edu 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!

Summer Week 9 Food Distribution

Summer 2020 resources available:

Pantry Food Distributions:

Our new hours of operation to pick up FRESH Pantry Food Boxes will be every week for August 2020 on Wednesdays 10:30am-3:30pm and the sign up link will be available below at least 5 days prior to the upcoming distribution **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 fill out our sign-up form to select and secure your boxes. Boxes available: Produce, Dairy, Protein (meat).
    2. The link for 8/12 food distribution is available here.
    3. 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).
    4. You don't currently need a parking permit to park in Lot 5

August 2020 distribution dates: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, & 8/26. Future dates will be posted soon!

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 bit.ly/GetCalFresh 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: calendly.com/peter-fresh
*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 fresh@uci.edu

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: bit.ly/ECRTGrant

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.

Steps to apply: 

The application deadline to apply for vouchers for July has passed. We will release the application for August in late July and post the application steps on this page. Check back for updates.

Donations

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!

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