Cowell Coffee Shop: for the Peoples

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Welcome to the new 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

  • Spring Quarter 2019 Drop-In Calfresh Application Hours at the Oakes Learning Center
    • Mondays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Near the Cowell College Dining Hall 


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.