Food Insecurity

Basic Needs Center
Lower level of MLK Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 (2495 Bancroft Way) |

The Basic Needs Center acts as a virtual and physical hub that provides and connects students to essential services that impact health, belonging, and overall well-being. The Basic Needs Center provides education, prevention and emergency relief programs in the core areas of basic needs: food security, housing security and financial stability. All enrolled students including undergraduate, graduate, international, and undocumented students are eligible for Basic Needs Center programs and services. Students can access support from our team by completing the Basic Needs Center Assistance Form.


CalFresh @ Berkeley
Lower level of MLK Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 (2495 Bancroft Way) |

CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federally-funded nutrition program that can provide students with additional funding for food. CalFresh benefits are pre-loaded monthly onto a debit-like EBT card that can be used at most major chain grocery stores, select farmers' markets, as well as the Berkeley Student Food Collective and Bear Market in Unit 3. CalFresh @ Berkeley provides support to students interested in applying for CalFresh benefits. (see also Food Justice Project)

City of Berkeley - Information Network

The Berkeley Information Network is a database of community resources managed by the City of Berkeley Public Library, including local organizations, agencies, services, non-profits and clubs, in and around Berkeley. It also includes information on museums, disability services, low-cost legal aid, recycling, schools, emergency dental referrals, parks, summer camps, senior resources, job lines, consumer groups, and more.

Food Assistance Program (see also Financial Aid and Scholarships Office)

The Food Assistance Program provides eligible undergraduate students who have short-term needs, such as in-semester breaks, and who have exhausted all other funding options, including all student loan options, with meal points. Students may be required to provide additional information, attend a one-on-one financial counseling session to explore additional aid options, and/or develop a spending plan.

Food Justice Project
UC Berkeley School of Law | Make an Appointment

Are you a student who has been denied CalFresh benefits? The Food Justice Project serves undergraduate UC Berkeley students who have been denied CalFresh benefits. With the understanding that hunger on college campuses is a serious and preventable problem, Berkeley Law students assist students in navigating the appeals process by providing direct client services. The Food Justice Project partners closely with the Basic Needs Center at UC Berkeley to provide resources to students who need help obtaining benefits.

Food Pantry
Email: | MLK Student Union

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is an emergency relief food supply for all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The Food Pantry serves students who need core food support. The Food Pantry provides emergency food, nutrition education, and CalFresh clinics to students.

The Bear Pantry
Phone: (510) 526-8505 | Email:

The Bear Pantry is a donor-driven program that provides emergency food assistance to low-income UC Berkeley student families with dependent children. A Bear Pantry food bin contains non-perishable food staples and a food gift card to a local supermarket for purchasing fresh produce, meat, or dairy.