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Food Security

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many on-campus departments and resources have modified operations and business hours.  For the most up to date information on the availability of these resources, please contact the offices directly or head to their websites.

Bobcat Pantry

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Located in Terrace Center 131, the Bobcat Pantry is a student-led free resource service created to encourage nutritious and sustainable ways of living.  The Bobcat Pantry will resume bi-weekly operations starting Wednesday, January 20th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Students in need of a bag of groceries must fill out a form in advance and schedule a pick-up time.  Bags are limited to once per week per student.  Please remember to wear a mask when visiting the pantry.

Additional resources and initiatives can be found here.  For more information, see Basic Needs Security or send an email to


Community Resources

USDA Food Distribution

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This is a monthly food distribution event for those in the Merced community who need additional food assistance.  This event is open to the public and occurs on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10am-2pm or while supplies last at the Merced College Public Safety Complex off of G st between Yosemite Ave and Mercy Medical Center.

The food distribtuion dates for the Spring 2021 semester are: January 15th, February 19th, and March 19th.


People's Fridge

This is a community fridge available to the public; anyone who comes in can either take or donate produce.  The People's Fridge is accessible 24/7 at 936 West 18th Street in Merced.  Learn more here.


Pop-up People's Pantry

This is a free food pantry available to the public every Saturday from 1-2:30pm at 936 West 18th Street in Merced.  People utilizing the pantry should only take what they need.  Learn more here.


Did you find any food security resources on campus that are not mentioned here?  Please let us know by using this form.