Data from the 2016 UC Graduate Student Well-being Survey show that 23 percent of Berkeley graduate students lack consistent access to nutritious foods. If you find yourself needing assistance over the winter break (or at any time of year), here are some options for you. You can also stay up-to-date on various organizations’ efforts to combat hunger, malnourishment, and homelessness by subscribing to the Basic Needs Security Newsletter.
UC Berkeley Food Pantry
In November, the UC Berkeley Food Pantry moved from its previous location in Stiles Hall to Room 68 in the MLK Student Union. Students can visit the pantry twice per month for core food support that is adaptable to a variety of dietary needs. For more information and up-to-date hours, please see the Food Pantry website.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Graduate students may be eligible for the Food Assistance Program, which helps students who have exhausted all other funding options to meet their short-term needs. Students awarded through this program may be required to submit additional information, attend a one-on-one financial counseling session to explore additional aid options, and/or develop a spending plan.
University Health Services
What’s Eating You? is UHS’s nutrition section with tips for healthy eating habits, positive body image, and eating on a budget. UHS collaborates annually with the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence to compile a winter break resource list, providing information on low-cost grocery options and eat-out meals, free meals in the community, and UC Berkeley Food Pantry and Cal Dining hours.