Food Insecurity

Basic Needs Center
Lower level of MLK Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 (2495 Bancroft Way) | basicneeds@berkeley.edu

The Basic Needs Center serves as a physical resource hub for basic needs resources and services. The Center also is a space for students to create community and access coordinated support for their basic needs. Services at the Basic Needs Center include:

  • Case Management - Need support navigating your current housing situation? Want to consult about food and housing resources? Book an appointment with the Basic Needs Manager by emailing kiyoko@berkeley.edu
  • CalFresh: Want support with your CalFresh application? If you would like to have the help of a certified CalFresh outreach worker or to walk you through the application process, you can attend a CalFresh Application Session. For additional information, visit http://calfresh.berkeley.edu

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

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: foodpantry@berkeley.edu | 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: thebearpantry@berkeley.edu

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.