With so many lives upended in the face of the pandemic, FRESH Basic Needs Hub helps provide UCI students with fresh, filling, and healthy food as well as assistance with other needs.
Hunger touches every community and food insecurity is a critical issue. Join the households of UCI’s University Hills to support FRESH Basic Needs Hub.
What is Food Insecurity? The USDA defines very low food security as reduced food intake or disrupted eating patterns at times due to limited resources. Low food security is defined as reduced quality, variety or desirability of diet, with little or no indication of reduced food intake. Together, these two categories comprise food insecurity.
How do students access the food pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub? FRESH is available to all students who self-identify as needing food assistance. There are no eligibility requirements for this service.
Where does FRESH get the food for their pantry? The FRESH Basic Needs Hub has a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and they bring food to campus once a week, but their delivery only meets our food demand for 1-2 days of the week. For the rest of the week, FRESH purchases food from the OC Food Bank, wholesalers, and rely on donations.
Why support the FRESH Basic Needs Hub? Because it is easy to access, the pantry is in high demand and food is constantly running out. In addition, the food pantry could use monetary support to increase the amount of healthier food options, quality and variety of options currently being offered.