Short-Term Grocery Support is intended for UCR undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing food insecurity and need additional financial support to purchase groceries.
When to Seek Short-Term Grocery Support
If you are having difficulty affording food, having to reduce portions, or skipping meals to make food last.
How to Seek Short-Term Grocery Support
Spring 2022 Grocery Support appointments are open weekly and are on a first come, first serve basis throughout the quarter.
All grocery support request must be picked up during selected appointment day & time. Failure to pick-up requested support during selected time will forfeit grocery support request for that week.
- If you are in urgent need past the appointment deadline please email email@example.com for details.
- In-Person pick up grocery support ($50 value): Stater Brothers grocery card, Dining Dollars or Meal Swipes by scheduling an appointment.
- Pick up a $50 Stater Brothers grocery card from our on-campus lockboxes by filling out this form.
Grocery Support Eligibility
To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at UC Riverside. A student can re-apply for a grocery support card once, every two weeks.
Check out these additional on- and off-campus resources.
On-Campus Food Resources
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.
Fruit on Campus
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.
On-Campus Convenience Stores
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.
CalFresh/EBT can be used on campus at the following locations: HUB Scotty’s Market and Glen Mor Market.
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.
- Located next to Lot 30
- Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–sunset; Saturday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.–sunset
- UCR Food Recovery
Off-Campus Food Resources
Arlington Temporary Resources
9000 Arlington Ave., No. 112, Riverside
Monday/Wednesday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Closed Friday)
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). To qualify, you must bring a picture ID, proof of income and proof of address.
Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley
24594 Sunnymead Boulevard, Suite W, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm
Moreno Valley residents who are in need of emergency food, clothing, and utility assistance
2060 University Ave., No. 212, Riverside CA
This is a community hotline so callers must specify that they are hoping to sign up for or get answers about CalFresh assistance.
- Faith Community Church
Family and Kids Foundation
115 W La Cadena Dr. Riverside, Ca 92501
Every Thursday: Seniors 12pm - 1pm and Families 1pm - 4pm; No RSVP needed * Drive up service
2950 Jefferson St., Riverside CA
Please ask for the CalFresh Outreach Coordinator and specify that you are part of UC Riverside.
Galleria at Tyler Farmers Market
1299 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Accessible via RTA bus: From Bannockburn take RTA Route 1, exit Galleria at Tyler. Accepts WIC.
Kaiser Permanente Farmer's Market
10800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside
Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Accessible via RTA bus: From Bannockburn take RTA Route 1, exit Magnolia and Polk. Accepts WIC and CalFresh.
La Sierra University Church
4937 Sierra Vista Ave, Riverside, CA 92505
Wednesdays 8a-10:30a *Closed the 5th Wednesday of each month.
Box of supplemental food once a month for families and individuals who live in 92505
- Lutheran Social Services/Genesis Food Pantry
- Mt. Rubidoux Seventh-Day Adventist
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Food Pantry
5250 Central Ave., Riverside
Riverside Monday–Friday, 9–11:30 a.m.
Located in the parking lot of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church is the community Food Pantry. It is open to all those in need, providing a shopping bag of donated food staples (not prepared food).
- Riverside Cunty Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
- Riverside Farmer's Market Downtown
Rubidoux Certified Farmer’s Market
5256 Mission Blvd, Rubidoux
Available via RTA bus: From Bannockburn Village
Set Free Church Thrift Store
3021 14th St., Riverside
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free food boxes available. You must call ahead to request a box. No ID or eligibility requirements.
St. George's Episcopal Church
950 Spruce St., Riverside
Thursdays, 5–6:30 p.m.
Students can enjoy a hot meal at the church every Thursday evening. Please call the church for more information.