CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is a nutrition assistance program sponsored by the USDA that helps people purchase healthy foods. The program issues monthly electronic benefits on an EBT card that can be used at most grocery stores and farmers markets. Orange County Social Services Agency (OCSSA) is responsible for determining if an individual/household qualifies for CalFresh and individuals could receive up to $194/month in EBT benefits!
 
Learn more about CalFresh here.
 
UCI Basic Needs
UCI’s FRESH Hub offers emergency food and toiletries and CalFresh application assistance. The FRESH Hub also connects students to critical on and off-campus resources and provides educational opportunities for students to take personal responsibility for their wellness and the well-being of their communities.
 
Appointments with Andrea Gutierrez, the Director of the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, are 1-1 confidential appointments for students seeking basic needs resources. Students may be directed to additional services, the Campus Social Worker, and additional community resources. Please book your appointment with Andrea here or email her at andrea.g@uci.edu. (Note: This is NOT where to schedule a CalFresh Application Appointment; for CalFresh, please visit here)
 
Experiencing financial stress, food/housing insecurity, and other stressors and want support and guidance? Do you have additional basic needs questions or need help navigating campus and community resources? Book a 30-minute consultation on Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 10am-12pm with our Campus Social Worker, Peter Thach! Book your consultation at: calendly.com/peter-fresh During Spring Quarter 2020, consultations will happen digitally via Zoom Conferencing.
 
Learn more about UCI’s FRESH Hub here.
 
CalFresh Walk-in assistance at SSI (first come-first serve basis)
Hours and location vary by quarter
You are also welcome to visit any of our CalFresh walk-in sites on campus.
 
Contact
fresh@uci.edu
4079 Mesa Rd.
Phone: 949-824-0607
 
CalFresh Team
calfresh@uci.edu
Call or text between 8am-4pm: 949-473-2806