About US

Founded in April 2011, the AS Food Bank has served UCSB’s diverse community since its creation. From humble beginnings of servicing only 5 students upon our first week of opening in April, we now currently serve over 3,000 students a week in addition to 1500 meal tickets distributed per quarter.


The AS Food Bank is an organization that provides fresh, free, and nutritious food as well as toiletries to the Gaucho community. Led by a group of diverse students who tackle food insecurity on campus, the Food Bank continually raises awareness on issues surrounding food. We offer an inclusive safe space for all students as well as confidentiality in our services.


Wednesdays: 10 am – 2 pm

Fridays: 9 am – 1 pm

Location: Outside the Ortega side of the University Center, facing the lagoon

(The same as before, but outdoors)

Prior to your visit, please register for the food bank first here.

During this time, the AS Food Bank has made some adjustments to our operations but are making every effort to keep the needs of our students in mind. We are practicing social distancing and following all health and safety guidelines when distributing and handling food. To ensure the safety of our workers and customers, we are distributing brown bags of groceries to UCSB students.

To see exactly what we have to offer each day, check out our Instagram stories and this menu form

How does it work?

Students may come every Wednesday and Friday to pick up a bag. Each morning, our staff will update our Instagram stories with our available produce and other goods. Fresh produce and bread are first come, first serve. For the best selection, come early! In addition to the brown bag, students may pick add on items. There is no limit to how many items may be added on. These options range from non perishable goods, toiletries, and other miscellaneous items.

Feel free to contact us at (805) 893-3427 during our regular operating hours!

Contact: Follow us on Instagram (@ucsbasfoodbank) for the most recent updates & to see what is inside our brown bags! 
Email: For any questions, concerns, or accommodations –  ucsbasfoodbank@as.ucsb.edu
Facebook: @ucsbasfoodbank

Please follow us on Instagram for the most up to date information about our services. Thank you!