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Food Resources for Students  

Pantry Support in Crisis  

Out of Options? We Can Help.

When you need food and don’t know what to do, we can help. We can provide emergency groceries and resources to support you in this stressful time. 

What To Do

  1. Contact the R'Pantry at the WELL via email, in person at HUB 248, or by telephone at (951) 827-9355.
  2. Contact the UCR case managers. 
  3. You can also contact the local organizations listed below.

How You Can Help

  1. If you are interested in volunteering either as an individual or a group, please contact the R'Pantry staff via email.
  2. If you are interested in organizing a food drive or donating items as an individual, department, or community organization please contact us via email. Our wishlist of most needed and requested items can be found here: R'Pantry Wishlist. We will work with you to coordinate the details of your donation. 
  3.  If you are interested in making a financial donation visit our UCR My Gift webpage and make a financial contribution to our online fund. Our fund can also be reached by searching "UCR Food Pantry Fund" or "R'Pantry" on the UCR My Gift page. 
  4. If you are interested in an automatic payroll deduction please fill out the following form R'Pantry Payroll Deduction  and submit it to the UC Riverside Foundation, 1136 Hinderaker Hall.

End Highlander Hunger

 No Highlander should go hungry. That’s why UC Riverside established a food pantry on campus.
 R'Pantry LogoR’Pantry Costo Hall 110

All student walk-in hours are held in the the Costo Hall 110 which is located on the ground floor of Costo Hall. R'Pantry hosts Graduate student only hours in the same location.  Check our Facebook for updated hours: @ucrpantry.

What is the R'Pantry? 
R’Pantry, the UC Riverside food pantry, was created as a direct response to student need for more resources to fight food insecurity. Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner.

As a program R’ Pantry aims to:

  • Provide emergency  food to UC Riverside students in need
  • Connect students to on- and off-campus food resources
  • Improve the health and well-being of students through a variety of programs and workshops.

How does R'Pantry work? 

 Any student who is in need can access the R'Pantry during our walk-in hours. For students who would like more individualized services or would like to discuss additional support options we encourage taking advantage of our individual appointments by contacting us via email. 

What happens when I visit the R'Pantry? 

  • At our  check in station students sign in using their ID. Anyone is able to ask questions and get information about our most recent updates. 
  • All students may visit the R'Pantry once per week via any of our walk-in hours or by appointment. 
  • Visitors are allocated "points" as currency to use in the pantry. As of Fall 2017 any student visiting the pantry has access to self select a total of 8 food items + 2 personal care items. Special items such as fresh produce and childcare essentials (baby food or formula) are not part of the point system. 
  • At our check out station the R'Pantry staff will help you count your points and remind your of our workshops and our special programs such as our Boxtop collection program! 

For most updated hours of operations and updates on the R’Pantry, visit the R’Pantry Facebook page. R'Pantry and its partners greatly appreciate all of the support of our on- and off-campus community. 

R’Pantry is part of the campus-wide food security program, and is a partnership between ASUCR (Associated Students of UCR), Division of Student Affairs, Feeding America, and the UC Global Food Initiative.



Low-Cost Food Boxes

Eagle Food Ministries
Thursday, 7am–1pm
5410 Beach St., Jurupa
(951) 681-2785

For a $10 suggested donation, families can get two boxes of food that usually include milk and meat.

Faith Community Church/Angel Food
4070 Jackson St., Riverside
(951) 689-7090

For $30, an individual can enjoy a large box of food. Food boxes must be ordered ahead of time and can be picked up once a month.


Special Programs

CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. These benefits can be used at various local grocery and convenience stores, farmer's markets, and even the Scotty's convenience store located at The HUB.

Students can receive up to $180 a month for temporary sustenance if they meet at least ONE of the  following eligibility requirements:

  • Be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and be paid for such employment or, if self-employed, be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week and receive gross weekly earnings at least equal to the federal minimum wage by 20 hours.
  • Be approved for state or federally financed work-study for the current school term, as defined by the institution, and anticipate working during the term.
  • Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of six.

Apply with the following local organizations or stop by the Farmer's Market at the flagpole at Hinderaker on select Thursday evenings from 3–7pm for CalFresh application assistance.

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Jurupa: 5921 Mission Blvd., No. 100; (951) 509-8243
Riverside: 11060 Magnolia Ave.; (951) 358-3400

Community Connect
2060 University Ave., No. 212, Riverside
(951) 686-4402
**This is a community hotline so callers must specify that they are hoping to sign up for or get answers about CalFresh assistance.

Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino
2950 Jefferson St., Riverside (951) 359-4757
**Please ask for the CalFresh Outreach Coordinator and specify that you are part of UC Riverside.

Riverside Grocery Stores That Accept CalFresh
All of these stores are accessible via RTA bus Routes 1 and 51/Crest Cruiser. Get picked up at Bannockburn stop on Canyon Crest for both routes.

Food 4 Less, Rite-Aid and Walgreens at Chicago & University (Routes 1 and 51)
Ralph's and Rite-Aid in Canyon Crest Town Center (Route 51)
Stater Bros. on Iowa near Blaine (Route 51)
Trader Joe's and Vons in Riverside Plaza (Route 1, exit at Magnolia/Beatty)

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program
Riverside County WIC helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, stay healthy and be active. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Visit rivhero.com for eligibility requirements.

Fair Housing Council of Riverside County
Offers resources, education and training around housing issues important to students, including budgeting, credit score, and housing rights, responsibilities and discrimination.

Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm
3933 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
(800) 655-1812, (951) 682-6581
fairhousing.net, fhcrc@fairhousing.net

St. George's Episcopal Church
Thursday, 5–6pm
950 Spruce St., Riverside
(951) 686-9936

Students can enjoy a hot meal at the church every Thursday evening. Students may also access the food pantry at this time. No ID required — just sign in at the kitchen.

Student Affairs Case Management
125 Costo Hall
(951) 827-5000

If you're struggling with an issue, the Case Managers will help you brainstorm, problem solve and connect you to the right resources.


Free Food Boxes

Arlington Temporary Assistance
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am–4pm
9000 Arlington Ave., No. 112, Riverside
(951) 689-5620

Students, families and the homeless can access emergency assistance from the organization, including free food boxes (limit of six times per year), clothing and referrals to social services. To qualify, you must bring a picture ID, proof of income and proof of address.

Lutheran Social Services/Genesis Food Pantry
Monday–Friday, 11am–3pm
3772 Taft St., Riverside
(951) 689-7847

Free food boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis once a month. Paperwork and a Social Security number are required for sign up.

Mt. Rubidoux Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Second Tuesday of the month, 9am–12pm
5320 Victoria Ave., Riverside
(951) 276-8374

A monthly food box is offered to those in need of food services. A picture ID is required.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help/Food Pantry Ministry
Monday–Friday, 9–11:30am
5250 Central Ave., Riverside
(951) 689-8921

Students can enjoy fresh, nonperishable food materials through donations from local vendors. To sign up, you will need a picture ID and proof other household members (ID or birth certificate).

Set Free Church Thrift Store
3021 14th St., Riverside
(951) 680-9868

Free food boxes available: you must call ahead to request a box. No ID or eligibility requirements.


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

The AVC & Dean of Students
381 Highlander Union Building

Tel: (951) 827-6095
Fax: (951) 827-4701
E-mail: deanofstudents@ucr.edu