How does the food pantry work?

The pantry operates on a self-assessed, need-based basis. You are welcome to come up to once per week, take as much as you need while being mindful that the food pantry is a shared community resource for emergency food needs

There are no eligibility requirements for using the pantry.

All you need is your Cal ID or Cal ID # (if you don't have your physical card yet).

We offer items such as rice, pasta, milk, cereal, freezer items, and fresh produce!...

Where is the food pantry?

For the first couple weeks of the Fall 2022 semester, the pantry is hosting pop-ups on the 1st floor of the MLK Student Union. This space will soon become our Basic Needs Welcome Center!

Starting September 12th, our full schedule will begin and the pantry will be in our renovated BNorth space! This is on the bottom floor of the MLK Student Union, but you will have to check in on the 1st floor before heading down.


CalFresh, also known as SNAP/EBT, is a long term food assistance program that awards eligible students up to $250 per month for groceries.

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....

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

Food Pantry

Emergency food relief supply for all of UC Berkeley, offering nonperishable foods, fresh produce, and more

Bear Pantry Food & Diaper Bank

Food and diaper assistance program for University Village residents with financial need

Basic Needs Holistic Fund

Emergency financial support in rental assistance, food assistance, housing security deposit, medical and mental health expenses, technology, research, and emergency needs for students with dependents