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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.

There are a few programs that offer need-based food assistance to UC Merced students, faculty, and staff.  More information can be found at the website for Health Promotion at UC Merced.  The CARE office has the following list of services offered this semester.

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.  Students in need of a bag of supplies containing groceries must fill out a form in advance to schedule a pick-up time.  This service is available to all students and is open from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.  Bags are limited to once per wek per student.  First-time visitors must complete a survey.

For more information, see Basic Needs Security or send an email to


Community Resources

USDA Food Distribution

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UC Merced offers a monthly a food distribution event for those in the community who need additional 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 Tri-College Center, on G st between Yosemite Ave and Mercy Medical Center.

Additional resources can be found in this flyer.


People's Fridge

This is a community fridge available to the public; anyone who comes in can either take or donate produce.  This is accessible from 9-5pm at 936 West 18th Street in Merced.  Lear more here.


Pop-up People's Pantry

This is a free pantry available to the public on Saturdays from 1-2:30pm at 936 West 18th Street in Merced.  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.