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Food Pantry

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is located at #68 Stiles Hall in MLK Student Union on the basement floor.

Regular hours:

Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 12am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-7pm

Thursday: 10am-5pm

Friday: 12am-7pm

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Hours are subject to change. Be sure to check the Food Pantry's website for the most recent information.


The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is a direct response to the need among the student population for more resources to fight food insecurity—the lack of nutritious food. With rising fees, textbook costs, and living expenses, it has become increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living with the costs of obtaining a university degree, and thus many students are finding themselves choosing between essentials such as food and the costs of college.

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry was established to provide emergency nonperishable relief to help students in need of immediate food assistance continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees from the University of California. 


If you or someone you know is in need of emergency food support, please read the following details about our UC Berkeley Food Pantry:

  • Students can visit the pantry TWICE PER MONTH, each visit provides supplemental nutrition for 8-10 days. 
  • We take pride in providing an equitable user model that adapts to the unique needs of students with dependents, unique dietary needs, commuters, differently abled, and for those who may need support beyond twice per month.
  • The pantry is not for students who need supplemental snacking food, but rather, core food support.

Student food security has been a growing concern on college campuses and often a symptom of underlying issues of access and social inequity. In the state of California, the high cost of living and the rise in college tuition and fees has made student access to affordable and healthy food a social justice issue.

This is great! I ran out of meal points and since it’s finals week I had to cut back my hours at work so much that I can’t afford anything. With a negative balance in my account, this is my only food source!
As I am now low on meal points and without any work study, I am thankful for this kind of space. I feel supported by the university, especially since this is a space where few questions are asked about your situation and I do not feel stigmatized coming here.
Food pantry is an immediate relief for many Cal students including myself. Having a dependent and attending school is a financial challenge, and the food pantry reliefs me of the food insecurity experienced at home.