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Food Assistance Program

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Are you a currently enrolled student skipping meals, or eating less because of paying for other expenses, such as rent? Have you exhausted all of the financial aid resources offered to you this academic year? Are you ineligible for financial aid? We can help! UC Berkeley strives to ensure that all students have access to nutritious food. We want you to be able to concentrate on your studies, plan for the rest of the term, and not worry about how you'll get your next meal.


If you lack access to food in the short-term and are waiting for your CalFresh benefits, or you are not eligible for CalFresh benefits, applying to our food assistance program may be an option for you. Through the support of an additional funding source, we encourage all students who are experiencing food insecurity to review the Application for Additional Food Assistance on our Forms page.

Who Can Apply?

- The program is available to non-CalFresh eligible students with financial need and CalFresh eligible students in extreme need (who have yet to receive their CalFresh debit card) who have exhausted other funding options, including student loans (if applicable). Eligible students need to be in the process of applying for CalFresh, or be ineligible for Cal Fresh benefits in order to be considered for the Food Assistance Program. To learn more about apply for CalFresh, visit one of the virtual CalFresh clinics

 - Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students who are US citizens, permanent residents or AB 540 eligible who have not completed a FAFSA or a Dream Act application, or are not eligible to receive financial aid per federal, state or institutional regulations, and have short-term needs may also be eligible for Cal 1 Card dollars

Students awarded assistance through this program may be required to submit additional information, attend a one-on-one financial counseling session to explore additional aid options, and/or develop a spending plan. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may monitor the use of additional funding to help counsel students and improve the program.

Note:  The food assistance program is intended to assist only the student applying, not additional family members. International students are not eligible for this program. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of approval.



Need Help Right Now?

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry in Stiles Hall, located in the ASUC Building - Room 68, provides emergency, nonperishable food to UC Berkeley students while they explore campus food security resources. Visit the Food Pantry website for current hours of operation.

Student parents can contact The Bear Pantry, which provides an emergency food supply to low-income UC Berkeley students who have dependent children and who receive tuition assistance through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The Bear Pantry is part of the Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center (TRSP Center) in 100 Cesar Chavez Student Center. Contact The Bear Pantry by emailing thebearpantry@berkeley.edu.

The following resources are available all year to students