Additional Food Resources

While utilizing the Food Pantry as emergency relief, you can explore these additional food resources!


Long Term Relief:

CalFresh

Awards eligible students up to $194 per month for groceries to help you stretch your monthly food budget. Comes in the form of an EBT card that can be used like a debit card at most major grocery stores. Find out more at the CalFresh page.

Available to eligible US citizens or permanent legal residents. If this does not apply to you, see the Food Assistance Program below instead.

You can also find additional resources for undocumented students at the Undocumented Student Program.

Food Assistance Program

Short term financial award for non-CalFresh eligible students with financial need or CalFresh eligible students in extreme need who have yet to receive their EBT and have exhausted other funding options, including student loans (if applicable).

CalFresh eligible students need to be in the process of applying for CalFresh in order to be considered for the Food Assistance Program.

Find out more at the Basic Needs Holistic Support Application.

Available to:

  • non-CalFresh eligible students with financial need 
  • CalFresh eligible students in extreme need who have exhausted other funding options.

Questions? Contact our Financial Aid Counselors Andrea Silas at andrea.silas@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) and Shellaine Gallego at shellaine.gallego@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail).

Still need help? Find additional food resources or email us at basicneedscenter@berkeley.edu

University Health Services Nutrition Counseling

Consult a registered dietitian about your nutrition needs and how you can best utilize your new food resources. 

Learn more at the University Health Services Nutrition website or attend their drop in hours at the Basic Needs Center.


Short Term Relief: 

Off-Campus Emergency Food Resources 

Check out Food Now(link is external) to find food pantries or soup kitchens near you, or call the Emergency Food Helpline at 510-635-3663.