Since Fall 2013, UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students, professional staff, faculty, administrators, and community experts have been working together to create an institutional food security model. Phase 1 of this work focused on the creation of emergency relief infrastructure.

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is an emergency relief food supply for all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The Food Pantry, located in the basement of MLK Student Union (Room 68), serves students who need core food support.

Did you know?

  • Since 2010, 1 in 5 UC Berkeley students reported having to “skip meals to save money” in the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey.
  • In Fall 2013, our Financial Aid & Scholarships Office launched the Food Assistance Program to provide additional funding to food insecure students who have maximized their financial aid package. To date, over 200 unduplicated students have benefitted. For more information: follow this link.
  • In Summer 2014, we launched the UC Berkeley Food Pantry to provide emergency supplemental nutrition support to any undergraduate or graduate student in need. To date, the food pantry has provided support to over 2,500 student visits.

If you or someone you know is in need of emergency food support, please read the following details about our UC Berkeley Food Pantry:

  • Students can visit the pantry TWICE PER MONTH, each visit provides supplemental nutrition for 8-10 days. Our hours can be found here.
  • We take pride in providing an equitable user model that adapts to the unique needs of students with dependents, unique dietary needs, commuters, differently abled, and for those who may need support beyond twice per month.
  • The pantry is not for students who need supplemental snacking food, but rather, core food support.

For updates about food pantry efforts, like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter (@ucbfoodpantry).

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