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Food Support

*Please refer to the Resource page for any changes to our operating hours and services that may arise during this time.*

Bobcat Pantry

The Bobcat Pantry provides access to nutritious and healthy food for all UCM students. We promote sustainable practices and a holistic approach to a healthy and nutrition-conscious lifestyle.
Location: Terrace Center 131 (Spring 2021- Drive Thru Food Distribution in Bellevue Lot)
Date and Time: View pick up form
Please fill out the grocery bag pick-up form before visiting. Thank you!


USDA Food Distribution

Location: MCC - Off of G St 
Date: Every 3rd Friday of the month
Time: 10am until supplies last
Volunteer Opportunity: Click here
Staff and community members refer to the income guidelines. If you have any questions, contact us at
USDA's food distribution programs strengthen the nutrition safety net through the distribution of USDA Foods and other nutrition assistance to children, low-income families, emergency feeding programs, Indian reservations, and the elderly. UCM students need to bring their CatCard to receive food allotment.

Pop-Up People's Pantry

Pop-up People's Pantry Flyer
Location: 936 W 18th Street
Dates: Every Saturday
Time: 1:00-2:30PM
  • 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 or (209)205-8102 to donate. 
More information about Pop-up People's Pantry can be found here.


People's Fridge

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. 
  • Whole fruit and vegetables can be placed in the Donation Drop-Off Station in the blue shed.
  • If you notice issues with the fridge, you can report them here or contact Erin Meyer at or (209)205-8102.
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Merced County Food Bank:

The Merced County Food Bank is a private non-profit organization that grew out of community collaboration to feed the hungry in Merced County.
  • When: Monday to Friday 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 5pm
  • Where: 2000 West Olive Avenue, Merced, CA, 95348
  • For more information call (209)-726-3663 or visit their website.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education Workshops offer helpful knowledge on how you can continue eating healthy and nutritious meals on a budget.
Keep a look out for upcoming virtual Nutrition Education workshops coming this Fall!

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