On-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 On-Campus Food Resources

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

Dean of Students Slug Support Pantry

Location: Cowell Coffee Shop (Next to Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall)

Hours: Tuesdays 12-2:40PM (Starting Week 4), Wednesdays 1-3:40PM (Starting Week 2), Wednesdays 9AM-12:40PM (Starting Week 3), Thursdays 4-6PM (Starting Week 3)
Graduate Student Pantry Hours: Mondays 2-4:40PM (Starting Week 3)

  • Offering local, organic produce, pantry staples, and Cowell Coffee Shop prepared culinary staples, preserves and more!

  • How does it work?
    • Any UC Santa Cruz student can access the Slug Support Food Pantry. All you need is your student ID! When you arrive you will be asked to fill out our pantry intake form. This is required at every visit. Some questions only need to be answered at your first visit.
    • We operate on a "take what you need" policy, meaning there are absolutely no limits on what you take or how many times you access the pantry in a week.
    • Make an appointment! A new appointment is needed for every visit.
      • COVID-19 precautions are in place. Masks and social distancing required. Please bring your own bag!

For updates on hours, fresh deliveries, and current menu, follow @SlugSupportPantry.

UCSC Produce Pop-Up

Produce pop up with students

  • Locations and distribution dates
    • Family Student Housing (FSH): Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 (Dates 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28)
    • Cowell Coffee Shop: Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (Dates 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4)
  • Hours: Fridays 10AM-2PM

In non-COVID times, the Produce Pop-Up stand runs twice weekly from October to June at various locations on campus where cash, check, and EBT are accepted. However, the Pop-Up stand now runs once a week on Fridays from 10AM-2PM based on the schedule shown above. Pop-Up acquires organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms which are then packed into curated boxes that are distributed to students free of cost.

  • Sign up for a Pop-Up distribution
    • Each weekly sign-up will be open 6 days prior to the Pop-Up for that week
    • Options for a kitchen (If a kitchen is accessible), kitchenless (If no kitchen is accessible), or fusion box (Combination of both) box. There may also be an option for bulk goods depending on the Slug Support Pantry's availability.

The Market Match Program is available at the Westside Santa Cruz, Live Oak, and Felton markets and offers farmers’ market customers with CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) cards a dollar-for-dollar match up to ten dollars; these matching dollars can be used to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits

For schedules and updates, follow us on Instagram, email ucscproducepopup@gmail.com, or visit the CASFS Events Website.

Cowell Coffee Shop

Location: Near the Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall

The Cowell Coffee Shop is a student-run cafe designed to increase food security by providing free food to all students. During COVID, the Coffee Shop has partnered with the Slug Support pantry to provide a variety of foods to students via online appointments. This includes meal kits, non-perishable goods, and fresh produce from local farmers' markets. Due to remote conditions, the Coffee Shop has also been increasing its social media presence through the new UCSC Basic Needs Blog and the Youtube channel. Additionally, in the fall the Coffee Shop team will be operating a CASFS mobile Food Hub, which is a 16' food trailer that will distribute a variety of foods.

SUA Food Pantry & Lounge (Closed for the 2020-2021 school year)

SUA Food Pantry & Lounge Logo
Location: Athletics and Recreation Front Office across from the pool

  • Choice-based student-led food pantry and lounge space
  • Fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals, and non-perishables
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, and microwave are available
  • Current UCSC ID necessary to receive food

For updates on hours, fresh deliveries, and current menu, like our Facebook Page or visit the pantry website.

ERC Snack Pantry (Closed for the 2020-2021 school year)

ERC Pantry Flyer
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

For accomodations, contact us by

Cantu Queer Center Food Pantry (Closed for the 2020-2021 school year)

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

  • Self-service pantry & full service kitchen

For accomodations, contact us by:

Undocumented Student Services (Closed until further notice)

Location: Academic Resource Center, Room 216

  • Snack Closet and Fresh Produce Distribution

For more information, contact us by:

CASFS Mobile Food Hub (Coming soon)

Location: Oakes College

Kresge Natural Foods Co-Op (Closed until further notice)

Kresge Coop