Basic Needs


Fresh Services

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FRESH offers services to UCI students to help them meet their basic needs, including food pantry visits, CalFresh application assistance, and consultations with our social worker. 

Diaper Bank

The Diaper Bank helps student parents with a monthly supply of diapers or training pants (pull-ups). As a result of FRESH’s partnership with the OC Diaper Bank Program via Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), student parents can receive 50 diapers or 30 pull-ups per month. Sizes range from Newborn (size 0) diapers to Pull-Ups XL (4T-5T).

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Short-Term Transportation Support

Short-term transportation support for students who face financial barriers and need access to basic needs resources. Emergency Lyft passes in $25 dollar increments will be issued to student applicants based on their specific needs and needs assessment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Economic Crisis Response Grant

The Economic Crisis Response Grant is a 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 meet all eligibilities (see More Info).

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Basic Needs Sponsored Housing

Up to 30-days of temporary housing at UCI is provided to students who are currently facing homelessness per the McKinney-Vento definition. Open to learn more.

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Halal Meat Support

This additional pantry resource is meant to support Muslim students who adhere to a strict halal diet.

Students who qualify receive a small allocation of halal protein on a monthly basis.


Grocery Card Support

A one-time electronic grocery card to support students who are not able to physically access the resources at the UCI Food Pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub.

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Zot Bites

Text notification platform that invites students as after-event guest to receive excess food once a catering event is over.

Food Partners (those who push out texts) must be UCI faculty/staff, any enrolled UCI student can opt in to receive text messages.

Contact Janine Algabre at for more details.

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Financial Wellness Consultations

Confidential peer-to-peer, financial wellness consultations that provide students with resources & education to achieve their financial goals in a college environment.

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