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Food Support

*Please refer to the FALL 2020 Basic Needs Resource page for any changes to our operating hours and services that may arise during this time.*

   

Bobcat Pantry

Location: Terrace Center 131 (Fall 2020 - Drive Thru Food Distribution in Bellevue Lot)
Date and Time: View pick up form
Email: basicneeds@ucmerced.edu
Please fill out the grocery bag pick-up form before visiting. Thank you!
 
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.
 

 

 

 

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 foodpantry@ucmerced.edu
 
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

 
 
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. PPEs and social distancing are required. 
  • The Pantry also accepts monetary and food donations. Please contact Erin Meyer at emeyer4@ucmerced.edu 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: Every day 9 am- 5 pm
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 vegetable donations can be placed in the donation fridge/deep freezer to the right of the shed. We turned the temperature up to function as a fridge.
  • If you notice issues with the fridge, you can report them here or contact Erin Meyer at emeyer4@ucmerced.edu 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!
Past Events: