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USDA Food Distribution

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. This service is open to all students, staff, and community members in need of food assistance!    
UC Merced students need to bring their CatCard to receive food allotment. Staff and community members, please refer to the income guidelines.

Food Distribution Flyer

Date and Time:

  • Every 3rd Friday of the month
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm or until supplies last


  • Merced College Public Safety Complex (Parking Lot 2  off of G St.)

Contact Information:

Elizabeth Rodriguez,
Basic Needs Food Distribution Coordinator
Phone Number: (209)-316-8136
For monetary donations to support the USDA Food Distribution program, please utilize our Giving Page linked HERE! Thank you!

If you are unable to pick-up the food allotment, you can have someone pick-up on your behalf. You can print and fill the alternative pick-up form and have them bring it to the distribution site. If you have any questions email:

Transportation Routes

  • C1
  • FastCat
  • FastCat 2
  • Yosemite Express
  • C2
  • G Line
  • Bobcat Express
  • M4 - North G St.
  • M3 - M St. Shuttle
  • M1 - Merced West
  • M2 - R St. Shuttle
  • UC - UC Merced