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COVID-19 Basic Needs Resources

For the latest UC Merced news visit the UC Merced COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness website.

Bobcat Pantry: Weekly Pick-Up


  • Moved to remote operations - students can email for any questions regarding the service. Our student staff will be monitoring emails and directing them to the Human Service Agency representative. HSA will reach out to students via phone only
  • Application Sessions: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Our student staff is available to set up Zoom application assistance and presentations if needed. Please direct all communication/requests to

CARES Act funding for Student Aid

  • Using the federal criteria and guidance, UC Merced established a work group to review principles and proposals for the disbursement of funds to UC Merced students. For additional information, visit CARES Act funding for Student Aid

Emergency Housing/Emergency Fund Crisis Support can be directed to the Dean of Students Office

Pop-Up People’s Pantry

  • Every Saturday at 1:00pm free produce will be provided at 18th St. People’s Garden. Food availability will be on a first come, first serve basis
  • Please only take what is needed, wear gloves and maintain social distancing
  • Address: 936 W 18th St.
  • Contact Erin Meyer at with questions

USDA Food Distribution: "Drive - Thru" Model

  • Open to all students, staff and community members in need of food assistance! Please reach out to with any questions
  • Upcoming Dates: Friday, June 19th
  • Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Location: Merced Community College (Parking Lot 2) - Off of G St.

UC Merced Services and Updates

Additional Resources

  • Enterprise Car Rental: Enterprise Car Rental is lowering their age to rent a car from 21 to 18 and waiving the young renter fee for rentals until May 31st. If students need to get home and don't want to risk getting on a plane/train - this could help!
  • Spectrum: Spectrum is offering 60 days free broadband and wifi to students. Anyone wanting to enroll for the free offer can call 1-844-488-8395
  • UHAUL: UHAUL is offering free 30-day storage to any college student during this time (The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability)

Last Updated: May 2020

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