Basic Needs Assistance
Food for Thought
College can be a stressful time as you balance school, work, relationships and more. Some things you shouldn’t have to worry about, though, like when and how you're going to eat. Turn to these campus and community resources to stay well-fed and healthy.
CalFresh is a federally mandated, state-supervised and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. These benefits can be used at various local grocery and convenience stores, farmer's markets and even the Scotty's convenience store located at the Highlander Union Building (HUB).
Find out if you qualify and how to apply.
Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Come by the SRC's classroom kitchen for weekly healthy cooking classes to learn how to prepare your own meals and try some good eats.
Pentland Hills, Aberdeen, CHASS and HUB plaza
Students are welcome to pick fruit from any of the trees on the main campus and treat themselves to pomegranates, oranges and kumquats.
Find groceries, grab-n-go food items and basic household supplies here. The store is open daily, though hours may change quarterly. Check the website for current hours.
The 3-acre space includes a community garden, row crops, a Valencia orchard and a greenhouse area where members of the UCR community can grow fresh produce. Some of the fruits and vegetables grown are given to R'Pantry. Students are welcome to pick fruits and vegetables for free, and are invited to help harvest or plant new crops.
Flag pole at Hinderaker
Thursday, 3–7 p.m.
Parking available in Lot 1.
Through this Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, students can get fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs straight from local farms. Participants subscribe to UCR FarmShare and pick up their produce weekly at the Farmers Market.
Monday/Wednesday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Closed Friday)
9000 Arlington Ave., No. 112, Riverside
Students, families and the homeless can access emergency assistance from the organization, including free food boxes (limit of six times per year), clothing and referrals to social services. Free produce is offered to the first 10 visitors (first-come, first-served basis) on Monday/Wednesday. To qualify, you must bring a picture ID, proof of income and proof of address.
Monday/Wednesday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
4070 Jackson St., Riverside
For $30, an individual can enjoy a large box of food. Food boxes must be ordered ahead of time and can be picked up once a month.
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
3772 Taft St., Riverside
Free food boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis once a month. Clothing assistance is also available. Only a picture ID is required.
Second Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
5320 Victoria Ave., Riverside
A monthly food box is offered to those in need of food services. A picture ID is required.
Monday–Friday, 9–11:30 a.m.
5250 Central Ave., Riverside
Students can enjoy fresh, nonperishable food materials through donations from local vendors. To sign up, bring a picture ID and proof other household members (ID or birth certificate), Social Security card/number and medical paperwork (if needed). Please call for more information.
Wednesday, 5–6:30 p.m.
950 Spruce St., Riverside
Students can enjoy a hot meal at the church every Wednesday evening. Please call the church for more information.
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
3021 14th St., Riverside
Free food boxes available. You must call ahead to request a box. No ID or eligibility requirements.
Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Main St., between Fifth and Sixth, Riverside
Accessible via RTA bus: From Bannockburn take RTA Route 1, exit West University and Lemon. Accepts WIC.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
11299 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
Accessible via RTA bus: From Bannockburn take RTA Route 1, exit Galleria at Tyler. Accepts WIC.
Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
10800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside
Accessible via RTA bus: From Bannockburn take RTA Route 1, exit Magnolia and Polk. Accepts WIC and CalFresh.
Emergency Food Resources
Student Affairs Case Management
125 Costo Hall
If you're struggling with an issue, the Case Managers will help you brainstorm, problem solve and connect you to the right resources.
The WELL: (951) 827-9355
R'Pantry is managed by The WELL and provides emergency non-perishable food, personal hygiene, household care and childcare items for students in need. Hours of operation vary per quarter.