Basic Needs


Emergency Meal Swipes

Section 1

Emergency Meal Swipes (EMS) help students who are experiencing food insecurity and/or a student-related emergency, access several healthy and well-balanced meals offered at UCI's Dining Commons.

Application Details

Section 2



  • Be enrolled at UCI and is a registered student at UCI
  • Indicate a lack of 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 to EMS
  • Because this is a Google Form, please make sure you are logged into your UCI email when accessing this form
  • Please note that incomplete applications (ex: vague answers, missing award letter, missing budget) will not be reviewed

Instructions to access both documents below:

  • [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: "Print My Forms"
    • Select: "Award Summary"
    • Download the PDF version of your "Financial Aid Award Summary"
      • This form contains your name and your dependent/independent status

For frequently asked questions about the Emergency Meal Swipes, click here!