Off-Campus Food

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.

Map of Off-Campus Food Resources

[Map Key: Yellow - Microwaves on campus, Blue - EBT Accepted Retailers, Green - Student Meal Deals]

The Salvation Army Farmers Market

Location: 721 Laurel Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9-11:30AM, Wednesday 1-4PM (Featuring fresh produce)

Phone: 831-426-8365

Nueva Vista Community and Resources Center (Familia Center)

Location: 711 E. Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 9AM-1PM, 2-5:30PM

Phone: (831)-423-5747

  • Distributions
  • Accessible via all bus routes (13 minute walk from Santa Cruz Metro Center Stop)
  • Open with social distancing guidelines
  • Collects names of patrons for data and funding purposes

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Center

Location: 210 High Street Suite #104 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hours: Monday to Friday from 10AM - 2PM

Phone: (831) 423-0878

  • Distributions

Community Food Hotline

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am-4pm
Phone: (831)-662-0991

  • Call for information about food pantries, food truck distributions, or referrals (Also available in Spanish)

Dial 211

  • Information about community food banks and resources available via phone or online

Food Assistance Programs

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. See their website for up-to-date hours.

  • Downtown Santa Cruz

    Location: Cedar Street & Lincoln Street
    Hours: Wednesdays 1-5PM (Fall/Winter), Wednesdays 1-6PM (Spring/Summer)
    • EBT accepted
    • Accessible via any Santa Cruz Metro Bus, one block from metro center
  • Live Oak Farmers Market

    Location: 15th & East Cliff Drive
    Hours: Sundays 9AM-1PM (Year round)
    • EBT accepted
    • Double up bucks/Market Match Program
  • Westside Santa Cruz

    Location: Western Drive & Mission Street
    Hours: Saturdays 9AM-1PM (Year round)
    • EBT accepted
    • Double up bucks/Market Match Program
    • Accessible via Santa Cruz Metro Route 20
  • Felton Farmers Market

    Location: 120 Russel Avenue Felton, CA 95018 (Hwy 9 @ Russel Avenue)
    Hours: Tuesdays 2:30-6:30PM (May to October)
    • EBT accepted
    • Double up bucks/Market Match Program
  • Scotts Valley Farmers Market

    Location: 266 Mount Hermon Road Scotts Valley, CA 95066
    Hours: Saturdays 9AM-1PM (May to November)
    • EBT accepted
  • Aptos - Cabrillo College

    Location: 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 (Cabrillo College)
    Hours: Saturdays 8AM-12PM (Year round)
  • Watsonville Farmers Market

    Location: Peck Street & Main Street
    Hours: Fridays 2-7PM (Year round)