Food Insecurity

Basic Needs at UC Berkeley

Basic Needs Security at UC Berkeley was founded with the mission that together we will end hunger, malnourishment, and homelessness. Basic Needs serves as a hub of resources for students facing basic needs insecurity around food, housing, and other finances. Basic Needs focuses on research, structural engagement, prevention, and advocacy at the local, state, and national level.

CalFresh @ Berkeley
Stiles Hall (2400 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.

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 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.