Off-Campus Food Pantries, Programs, and Other Resources

[Key: Yellow - Microwaves on UCSC Campus; Blue - EBT retailers in Santa Cruz; Green - Student Meal Deals off-campus]

This page provides information and contacts for off-campus food resources, including pantries, distributions, and food assistance programs. If there are other resources or programs not listed, we encourage you to share your feedback.

Food Pantries and Distributions

  • The Salvation Army Farmers Market
    The farmers market operates on Mondays-Thursdays (excluding Wednesdays) from 9:00am-11:30am, 1-4pm featuring fresh produce on Wednesdays
    721 Laurel Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Tel: 831-426-8365

    Accessible via the 15, 16, and 19 bus route [routes: www.scmtd.com]
    • Open with social distancing guidelines
    • Have walk-up and drive-by pantries
    • Collect name, birthday, and address of patrons
  • Nueva Vista Community and Resources Center (Familia Center)
     Distributions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 9am - 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm
    711 E. Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95060 / 831-423-5747
    Accessible via all bus routes, stop at Santa Cruz Metro Center, approximately 13 minute walk from there.
    • Collects names of patrons for data and funding purposes
    • Open with social distancing guidelines
  • Saint Vincent De Paul
    Distributions are held on: Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 2 PM.
    210 High St #104. Santa Cruz, CA.
    Contact: (831) 423-087
  • Community Food Hotline
    Call for information (such as food pantries, food truck distributions) or referrals. Information also available in Spanish
    Monday - Friday, 8am-4pm
    Tel : 831-662-0991
    http://www.thefoodbank.org/need-food
  • Dial 211
    Information about community food banks and resources available via phone or online
    http://211bayarea.org/find-help/

Food Assistance Programs

  • CalFresh
    Apply online via getcalfresh.org/s/shfb

    Tel : 831-454-4165 / 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
    If your family qualifies for CalFresh, you may also be eligible for more benefits through WIC.  
    Visit the Community Bridges website for more local information on eligibility, where to apply, and frequently asked questions.

Farmer's Markets

While all Santa Cruz Farmers Markets accept EBT/CalFresh, some Farmers Markets also participate in the double up bucks or EBT/Market Match program. Spend at least $10 at the Farmers Market and double up your CalFresh bucks! Please note that market hours change with the seasons, please see their website for up-to-date hours.

  • Downtown Santa Cruz
    Cedar Street & Lincoln Street
    Wednesdays, 1:00pm-5:00pm (fall/winter hours)
    Wednesdays, 1:00pm-6:00pm (spring/summer hours)
    EBT Accepted
    Accessible via any Santa Cruz Metro (SCM), one block from metro center
  • Live Oak Farmers Market
    15th & East Cliff Drive
    Sundays, 9:00am-1:00pm (year round)
    EBT Accepted & Double up bucks/Market Match Program
  • Westside Santa Cruz
    Western Drive & Mission Street
    Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm (year round)
    EBT Accepted & Double up bucks/Market Match Program
    Accessible via SCM Route 20
  • Felton Farmers Market
    120 Russel Ave, Felton [Hwy 9 @ Russel Ave. (St. John's Church)]
    Tuesdays, 2:30-6:30pm (May-Oct)
    EBT Accepted & Double up bucks/Market Match Program
  • Scotts Valley Farmers Market
    360 Kings Village Drive
    Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm (May-Nov)
    EBT Accepted
  • Aptos - Cabrillo College
    Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive
    Saturdays, 8:00am-12:00pm (year round)
  • Watsonville Farmers Market
    Peck Street & Main Street
    Fridays, 2:00pm-7:00pm (year round)