Basic Needs Resources 2020-2021
Updated on February 11, 2021
Due to COVID-19, the Basic Needs Hub has altered their times and locations to continue supporting students. Please refer to this page for any changes to our operating hours and services that may arise during this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Modified office hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The CalFresh office has moved to remote operations. Our student staff will be monitoring emails and directing them to the Human Service Agency (HSA) representative. HSA will reach out to students via phone only.
For online application assistance, sign up using the calendar provided on our outreach page.
Please direct all communication/requests to email@example.com using your UC Merced email.
To find out more about CalFresh, visit our CalFresh page!
Location: Bellevue Lot (Drive-Thru Distribution)
Upcoming Distribution Date: March 3, 2021 (9:00 - 12:00 PM)
Please complete the grocery bag pick-up form bi-weekly before visiting the pantry! Click here to sign up.
Please wear a protective face covering when picking up your grocery bag.
We are currently working on securing additional toiletry items.
If you would like to donate to the Bobcat Pantry, you can find the donation link here!
For any questions, contact Elizabeth Rodriguez Cruz, Basic Needs Food Distribution Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209)316-8136.
USDA Food Distribution ("Drive-Thru" Model)
Location: Merced Community College (Parking Lot 2) - Off of G St
Upcoming Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Volunteer Opportunity: Click here
This service is open to all students, staff and community members in need of food assistance! Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
The USDA Commodities Program (also known as the Emergency Food Assistance Program) is a federal program that provides monthly food packages to individuals and families who meet income guidelines set by the federal government. The Merced County Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food to individuals at more than 24 distribution sites every month throughout Merced and Mariposa Counties. Click HERE to learn more!
Pop-Up People's Pantry
Location: 936 W 18th Street
Dates: Every Saturday
The Pop-Up People's Pantry is a free food distribution at the 18th St. People's Garden. Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
The Pantry also accepts monetary and food donations. Please contact Erin Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209)205-8102 to donate.
More information about Pop-up People's Pantry can be found here.
Location: 936 W. 18th St.
Hours of Operation: Open 24/7!
Volunteers Accepted: Sign up here
The People’s Fridge is Merced’s first community fridge. Anyone can take free produce and anyone can leave produce donations. It is free and open to all. No ID or anything else is required. Please wear gloves and a mask when visiting and practice social distancing.
Financial Coaching Session
Are you feeling financial anxiety or stress? Let's come up with a financial action plan to help you succeed now, and in the future. Schedule your one-on-one chat with Charah Coleman, Financial Wellness Coordinator for more information. Click here.