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The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.

2 out of every 5 University of California students are food insecure.

In the California State University system, 1 in 4 students often don’t know where they’ll find food for their next meal.


CalFresh is a California financial aid program that helps students buy food and eat healthier, up to $281 per month for groceries. It does not affect financial aid and you do not need your parent’s tax return information to apply.

How to receive assistance from CalFresh:

Local Food Resources

I need food today!

Available at Concordia

If you need food TODAY, go to the Wellness Center or contact us at 949-214-3102.

Snacks available at the Unity Center, located on the top floor of the Library.

Hot Meal Today

Someone Cares

720 W. 19th Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Hot meal served: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Breakfast served: Saturday & Sunday no eligibility requirement. Opens at 12:30, lunch served from 1-4pm daily.

For Military Members, Veterans, and Their Families/Dependents:

Please visit the VA Resource Center for snacks and other free resources, located on the first floor of the Administration building across from Campus Security office.

Sustainable Solutions for Food

Food Resources In Irvine

South County Outreach

7 Whatney, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92618

949-380-8144 ext. 207

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Must fill out an application as a new recipient and submit to [email protected]

Info Needed: Photo ID for head-of-household in the home, Proof of address, Verification of head-of-household income.

Mariner’s Church: Community Center

5001 Newport Coast Dr., Irvine, CA 92603

Located in the Community Center

Email [email protected]


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9aa-1pm

For more information click here

Saddleback Church

Grocery Distribution at various locations in Orange County


Various locations, morning distribution. Check the site to find the exact location and time for distribution.

For more information click here

Families Forward

8 Thomas, Irvine 92618


Must call before you pick up food. Pick-up food once a week, Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm

For more information click here

To qualify, you must live in Orange County, provide Photo ID and register to participate. Register at front desk Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-1pm

South John Neumann Charities

5101 Alton Parkway, Irvine 92604

Contact: Carol Keegan, 949-679-2370

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Must live in Irvine, have Photo ID & Demonstrate need
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