Food Pantries and Immediate Food Assistance

The hours of operation listed for the resources below may have changed in response to COVID-19. Please contact the resources directly for the latest updates.


This page includes location, hours, and general information on various food pantries on campus run by both Student Services and student government (SUA). 
We strive to offer a variety of healthy and culturally relevant produce options, in addition to pantry staples like rice, grains, and proteins. We welcome your feedback and recommendations, and encourage students to share their thoughts on how we can improve our food pantry options and experience.

Like UCSC Food for All on Facebook for updates and announcements on food resources.

Map of On Campus Food Resources

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[Map Key: Green - Free Food Pantries, Yellow - EBT/Calfresh Accepted Retailers.]

[Click the map markers for more info on each location.]

Slideshow of Resources


On Campus Food/Snack Pantries

If you are a student needing immediate food assistance, you may contact Slug Support directly:

UCSC Slug Support
Location: Hahn Student Services, 245

  • UCSC Dining Meal Vouchers
  • Assistance in applying for CalFresh benefits
  • Access to emergency food pantry 

Phone: (831)459-4446 (Dean of Students Front Desk)
Email: deanofstudents@ucsc.edu


 Dean of Students Slug Support Pantry

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Location: Next to the Cowell Coffee Shop, which is located next to the Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall 

  • Fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals (vegan & vegetarian options), and non-perishables
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, & microwave are available
  • B.Y.O. Bag is encouraged!

Follow UCSC Food for All for updates on hours, fresh deliveries, and current menu.

SUA Food Pantry & Lounge

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Location: OPERS Front Office (by the pool)

  • Choice-based food pantry and lounge space
  • Fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals, and non-perishables
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, & microwave are available
  • Current UCSC ID necessary to receive food; B.Y.O. Bag is encouraged!
Contact: Isabella Bullock, Vice President of Student Life, suavpsl@ucsc.edu or Frida Salgado, Pantry Manager, suapntry@ucsc.edu
Like SUA Food Pantry & Lounge on Facebook for updates on hours, fresh deliveries, and current menu.


ERC Snack Pantry

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Location: Ethnic Resource Centers, Third floor of the Bay Tree Building
  • Choice-based food pantry
  • Healthy snacks and dry goods
  • Must sign in at the front desk to access pantry
Accommodations Contact: ercadmin@ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-2427

Cantu Queer Center Food Pantry

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Location: The Cantú, behind Merrill College & next to KZSC

Self-service pantry & full service kitchen
Accommodations Contact: queer@ucsc.edu


Family Student Housing Pantry

Hours: TBA
Location: Family Student Housing Community Room


On Campus Food Retailers (EBT Accepted)


The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits (EBT) through a card, similar to a bank debit card, that can be used to buy most foods at many markets, food stores, and farmers’ markets; on-campus EBT retailers and farmers' markets are listed below. The UCSC Slug Support Program provides assistance and more information on how to apply for CalFresh. 


UCSC Produce Pop-Up

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Locations: Rachel Carson College Quad (T), Quarry Plaza (F)

Produce stand with fresh fruits & veggies from the UCSC Farm & Santa Cruz Farmers' Market; Cash, check, & EBT accepted. 

Double Up Food Bucks Program - we'll match every CalFresh dollar spent with double the amount of produce
Like UCSC Produce Pop-Up on Facebook for updated schedule and weekly produce items.

UCSC Market Cart

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Location: Base of campus (Bay & High)

Cash, check, EBT/Calfresh accepted.

Check out the CASFS website for more information:https://casfs.ucsc.edu/community/produce-sales/farm-and-garden-market-cart.html

Kresge Natural Foods Co-op

Kresge Coop

Location: Kresge College
Contact: (831)426-1506

Student-run grocery store with fresh produce, bulk goods, and community space.

  • Microwave available
  • Bagels and toppings available for a quick meal - fresh bagels are $1, day old bagels are $0.75, and 2-day old bagels are free. Bagel toppings can range from $0.25-$0.75

Like Kresge Natural Foods Coop on Facebook for updated schedule.