Cowell Coffee Shop: For the Peoples

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CASFS Mobile Food Resource Hub Student Design Contest --June 2020--

We are very excited to be adding the Mobile Food Hub to our campus basic needs offerings! The mobile food hub is a 16’ kitchen trailer that will be regularly stationed at Oakes College as well as travel around the campus for regular meals, food events and educational collaborations. It is currently blank, and needs to have a complete vinyl wrap designed for the outside. That’s where you come in and could possibly win a $1000 award for your design, if selected!

 Entry Requirements

  • You must be an enrolled UCSC student who will not be graduating this
  • You must sign up for the contest here by Monday, June 15, 2020
  • You must submit your design by Monday, June 29, 2020
Click here for full entry requirements and details.

SPRING 2020 Offerings amidst COVID and remote instruction: 

While UCSC is active in remote instruction and access for campus spaces are restricted we are offering a range of online webinars and workshops as well as supporting Slug Support Pantry distributions on Wednesday from 9am to 4pm (by appointment) as well as a new pilot meal kit available for Friday pick-ups at the Coffee Shop (See more info below).... 
Field to Chef Meal Kits For The Peoples:

Our Coffee Shop For the Peoples is closed for Spring Quarter 2020, however we are still working hard to provide for our UCSC family. We are excited to offer you a pilot meal kit program to help out during these tough times.

WHAT: We will be conducting weekly distributions of a unique Cowell Coffee Shop meal kit. Each meal kit will highlight locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and will include components for one main entree with 4 hearty portions, 4 salads, 2 pre-made foodsmith meals, and a large snack for 4.

OPTIONS: Kits are either vegetarian or omnivorous, and due to labor constraints, no special requests can currently be accommodated. However, most components are packed separately so don't be afraid to participate if there is one ingredient piece that you cannot eat.

WHEN: Distributions will be on Fridays at the Cowell Coffee Shop from 9am-2pm and are by appointment only. Appointments will be limited to eight people per thirty minutes.


Welcome to your basic needs hub on the UC Santa Cruz campus!

We are pleased to share that Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) and  Cowell College, in partnership with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and the Dean of Students Office, have transformed the Cowell Coffee Shop into a non-transactional  cafe and choice based pantry with extended weekend hours.

The Cowell Coffee Shop: For the Peoples offers guests multiple ways to find support and relief while on campus. Through campus partnerships the site offers a choice based food pantry operated by the Dean of Students (located on the upper tier accessed by the bathrooms) coupled with the main cafe space and patio providing complimentary organic tea and AgroEco coffee in addition to supplemental snacks, pre-made meals, an organic DIY juicing bar! Further, quarterly "Slugs in the Kitchen" cooking classes, Calfresh advising and Basic Needs related workshops will be available in conjunction with dedicated study space.

How it Operates

The Cowell Coffee Shop: For the People is a non-transactional cafe and all students are welcome to the resources that the cafe offers. Please follow these steps when you visit the cafe. Swipe in with your student ID, enjoy the available food, beverages, and other cool resources, and then continue succeeding in your day!  

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Cowell Coffee Shop Hours:
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 8 PM
Sat 12 PM - 5 PM
Winter Quarter 2020 Calfresh Drop-in Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM 
Location: Hahn 150 (Dean of Students Office) 


Programming Inquiries

If you are interested in using the space for workshops, teach ins, and/or non-private meetings, please visit the space request form here.


To help us continue improving the Cowell Coffee Shop, please click the link to submit your ideas and opinions to our feedback form.

Get Connected

Get updates on the Cowell Coffee Shop and be notified of events such as Slugs in the Kitchen, changes, new additions, and general news. Bonus, you'll also get the latest information on other amazing student resources!

Facebook: @UCSCfoodforall & @ucscfswg

Instagram: @ucscfswg & @slugsinthekitchen_ucsc


How is the snacks, food, and support services free?

UCSC’s Food Access and Basic Needs Working Group draws from campus and external funding to support innovative interventions that support students success. It truly takes a village to build new pathways for support...and this site is one of those shared vision to action steps undertaken.