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Food & Nutrition



New option to access healthy and affordable prepared meals starting in Fall 2018!

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Food Resource Map (Community)

Engage with our visual map and discover different resources on campus, in Isla Vista, and in the surrounding community.


Isla Vista Food Cooperative (Community)

The Isla Vista Food Co-op is a 45 year-old community grocery store, open to the public and cooperatively owned by over 2,000 people. Income from the grocery store directly supports the Co-op’s goal of making high-quality food more widely accessible.



Explore the various options for food banks and pantries in the local community. Open to students, staff, and faculty!

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Gardens and Farms (Community) 

Throughout the UCSB campus and in Isla Vista, there are garden and farm plots where community members are invited to have a green thumb growing organic produce, flowers, and herbs. 


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Health & Wellness (UCSB Students)

The UCSB Health & Wellness Program promotes the mental, physical, and social health of all students by enhancing individual skills and positive relationships with families, peers and the UCSB/Isla Vista community. Through events, workshops, online challenges, and more, Health & Wellness aims to engage and educate students in topics including nutrition, positive body image, stress reduction, sleep, sexual health and relationships, and more.

Peer Advisors on Food Security (UCSB Students)

The Peer Advisors on Food Security are UCSB students who are aware of the broad variety of basic needs resources that UCSB and the local community have to offer including those focused on food, financial, and housing security.  If you aren't sure what resources are available and/or what resources might be helpful for you, the peer advisors can help point you in the right direction. 

If you have any questions, please contact our peer advisors at: fspeers.ucsb@gmail.com.  If you have a general question about the program management or feedback on our peer advisors, please send those to Sonia Martinez: soniamartinez@umail.ucsb.edu


Nutrition Counseling (UCSB Students)

The UCSB Nutrition Counseling program helps students have a healthy relationship with food, learn nutrition fact from fiction, and develop a positive body image.



Residential Dining (UCSB Students)

Residential Dining Services can ensure healthy and delicious meal options at any of the four dining commons. Menus are designed to include sustainable, healthy, high-quality food to meet our diverse population. Residential Dining provides balance meals meeting a myriad of dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, and more.


SRB Kitchen Reservation (UCSB Students)

OSL Registered Student Groups or affiliated organizations of Associated Students or the Graduate Students Association may reserve the Student Resource Building's kitchen on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to find out how.


Swipes For Us (UCSB Students)

The Swipes For Us program allows students to donate or receive unused meal points to feed peers and community members in need.


University Center Dining and Restaurants (Community)

Explore a variety of dining options available on campus, as well as a list of establishments that accept Gaucho Bucks and Dining Dollars.

UC Healthy Vending Guidlines (Community)

The UC Healthy Vending Guidelines have been developed by the UC Global Food Initiative Healthy Vending Work Group. The guidelines provide best-in-kind nutrition standards for vending snacks, meals, and beverages. It is recommended that all UC locations adopt these vending guidelines to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.