Local Food Pantries

Family Student Housing (on-campus)

  • Every first and third Wednesday of the month from 4-6pm at the FSH Community Room.
  • Due to the Winter closure, we will be offering one pantry in December and one in January.
  • Pantry will be held on:  Dec. 7th and Jan. 18th only. from 4 pm - 6pm.

The Salvation Army Santa Cruz Corps Community

  • Pantry is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-11:30am, featuring fresh produce on Wednesdays!
  • Located at:
    721 Laurel Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Tel: 831-426-8365
  • Accessible via the 15 and 16 bus routes

Nueva Vista Community Center (Familia Center)

  • Distributions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3pm-5pm.
  • Located at:
    711 E. Cliff Drive
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Directions (driving and public transit) via Google Maps
    Tel: 831-423-5747

Beach Flats - Second Harvest Food Bank

  • First Tuesday of every month, starting at 2:30pm while supplies last
  • Located at:
    Beach Flats Park
    160 Raymond Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Directions (driving and public transit) via Google Maps

Pantry Hotline/Hours

Need food or help ASAP? Please call the Community Food Hotline for more information or referrals at 831-662-0991.
Additional information is available here.

CalFresh

CalFresh

Check your CalFresh eligibility here.

There are many ways to apply for benefits.
  • Apply online via www.GetCalFresh.org
  • Apply by phone 1-888-421-8080
  • Apply in person at the local county office during business hours.
    • The local Santa Cruz county office is located at
      1020 Emeline Avenue, Building B
      Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Need help applying? Help is available through the Slug Support in the Dean of Student's Office.  Contact them for more information on assistance for applying.

Rosalinda Gallegos
Dean of Students Coordinator
rgalleg2@ucsc.edu
831-459-1738

Where can CalFresh be used?

  • Anywhere that says "EBT accepted", such as Trader Joe's, Costco, Safeway, and Grocery Outlet. 
  • UCSC's Produce Pop Up Stand
    • Double your bucks on campus by purchasing local produce at the student-run Produce Pop Up Stand every Thursday at the Quarry Plaza from 10am-3pm.  Check their Facebook page for updated hours and more information.
  • UCSC Farm Produce Stand
    • The Market Cart starts June 7th and runs through late October, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12pm-6pm.  The Market Cart is located at the base of the UCSC campus (corner of Bay & High Streets).  Please note: weather conditions may affect the opening day of the Market Cart, please check the CASFS website closer to the date for confirmation.
  • Additional tools to find retailers who accept CalFresh benefits

Farmer's Markets

Please note that market hours change with the season, please see their website for up-to-date hours.

Downtown
Cedar Street & Lincoln Street
Wednesdays, 1:30-6:30pm
EBT Accepted
Accessible via any Santa Cruz Metro (SCM), one block from metro center

Live Oak Farmers Market*
15th & East Cliff Drive
Sundays, 9am-1pm

Westside
Western Drive & Mission Street
Saturdays, 9am-1pm
EBT Accepted
Accessible via SCM Route 20

Felton Farmers Market*
120 Russel Ave, Felton
Tuesdays, 2:30-6:30pm

*While all Santa Cruz Farmers Markets accept EBT/CalFresh, these Farmers Markets accept CalFresh EBT and participate in the double up bucks or EBT/Market Match program.  Spend at least $10 at the Farmers Market and double up your CalFresh bucks!

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)

If your family qualifies for CalFresh, you may also be eligible for more benefits through WIC.  Visit this website for more local information on eligibility, where to apply, and frequently asked questions.

How to Create and Maintain a Food Budget as a Student

Links and resources on how to maintain a food budget as a student:

Need more inspiration for simple, easy, and healthy recipes?

  • Champions for Change Recipes has everything from breakfast, soups and stews, to main dish recipes.  Check out their recipes and "Healthy Cookbooks" to step up your meal prep success.
  • EatFresh.org has many budget friendly recipes and other information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  To find the recipes that work for your budget and lifestyle, you may filter your search by cuisine, cooking environment (e.g. limited kitchen, very quick), and other dietary information.
  • For even more recipe resources framed around MyPlate, visit the "Choose My Plate" Recipes, Cookbooks, and Menus website