CalFresh, also known as SNAP/EBT, is a long term food assistance program that awards eligible students up to $281 per month for groceries.

Other Food Resources

Off-Campus Emergency Food Resources

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

You can also visit one of the nearby Berkeley community pantries:


Where is the food pantry?

The Food Pantry is in the MLK Student Union. Our newly renovated space is in BNorth. This is on the bottom floor of the MLK Student Union, on the north end of the building, but you will have to check in on the 1st floor before heading down.

How does the food pantry work?

Please visit our pantry page for more details about how to access, but here is an outline below:

We have a virtual line which opens during open hours. This is to avoid long physical lines and can be joined from anywhere on campus or in person at our check in on the first floor of the MLK Student Union.

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...

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

International Student Need-Based Grants

Need-based tuition and fee grants for international students experiencing a significant, unexpected change in their financial stituation


Get access to consistent, nutritious, and healthy food. Urgent relief

Food Pantry: emergency food relief

Food Assistance Program: direct financial award for food for those in need of additional support Off-Campus Food Pantries Preventative Resources