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USDA Food Distribution

Calling All Bobcats!

USDA's food distribution programs strengthen the nutrition safety net through the distribution of USDA Foods and other nutrition assistance to children, low-income families, emergency feeding programs, Indian reservations, and the elderly. This service is open to all students, staff, and community members in need of food assistance!   

If you are interested volunteering, join us to help serve your community at a future USDA Food Distributions event. Food Distributions are held on the 3rd Friday of each month - open to UCM/MCC students & Merced Community!

UC Merced students need to bring their CatCard to receive food allotment. Staff and community members, please refer to the income guidelines.


  • Food pickup: Every third Friday of the month from 10AM-2PM or until supplies last.
  • Volunteers: sign up using the link below, with shifts from 9AM-12PM. 

Where: Merced College Public Safety Complex (Parking Lot 2 off of G Street)

For questions or concerns, please contact the Basic Needs team.

Phone Number: 209-631-3871

Upcoming Distribution Dates

2023 Dates

  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16


  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15

Volunteers: Sign Up Today!


For more information like maps and bus routes, please visit the Basic Needs website.