Basic Needs

Emergency Meal Swipe Program


 What is the Emergency Meal Swipe Program?

This program helps students that are experiencing food insecurity and/or a student emergency, access to
several healthy and well-balanced meals at the University Dining Commons.

Update: Due to high demand, your EMPS application might take 2-3 weeks to be processed. Thank you for understanding.

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  • Be enrolled and a registered student at UCI
  • Indicate the lack of a regular source of sufficient nourishment
  • Not have an alternative source of meal options (i.e. all access meal plan, 5-day meal plan, limited meal plan, or voluntary meal plan)
*Citizenship status does not affect eligibility
*If you are CalFresh eligible, you must apply for CalFresh with one of our Advocates before applying for EMSP

Meal Swipe Limits:

Students who qualify are awarded a minimum of 10 meals, but students showing greater need can get awarded more meals based on their situation. Please be detailed in your application for us to accurately assess and serve your needs.

Steps to get Swipes:

*For Summer applicants, please book an appointment with our Director right after submitting your application and documents at: so we can better asses your needs. Thank you!

1. Fill out the Spring '19 EEE application

2. Submit your Budget Worksheet & Financial Aid Award Letter to our Basic Needs Coordinator at

  • [Budget Worksheet Sample/Template]
  • How to access Award Letter: (you may skip this step if you don't receive financial aid)
    • Login to: My Aid (OFAS)
    • Go to: "My Aid Award"
    • Select: "View My Aid By Terms"
    • Take a screenshot or download the PDF version

3. Make an in-person appointment with our Director, Andrea Gutierrez, here.

Within 2-3 weeks, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified via e-mail whether or not you've been accepted. If accepted, meal swipes will be uploaded to your UCI Student ID.