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Community Resources

WIC

WIC Services include:
  • Practical nutrition information and everyday healthy living tips for you and your family. Visit the Feeding My Family page.
  • Nutrition experts who specialize in nutrition for mothers and their children.
  • Support and information about breastfeeding your baby, including access to breastfeeding experts. Visit the Feeding My Baby page
  • Help in finding health care and other valuable community services
  • Benefits to buy healthy foods - such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, soy milk, tofu and more!
  • WIC can also refer you to other helpful services, learn how to ask WIC for referrals.
You may qualify if you:
  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, just had a baby (or recent pregnancy loss); or
  • Have a child or care for a child under age 5; and
  • Have low-to-medium income or receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF), or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits; and
  • Live in California

Medi-Cal Resources

  • Medi-Cal is a free or low-cost health coverage that is available for California residents who are eligible. For more information about your local County Social Services Office and how to apply can be found here!
  • Visit the UC Merced Health Services page to learn more about health coverage and waiving UC SHIP.

Farmers' Market Finder

You can find your nearest farmers' market by using the Farmers' Market Finder! Find out which farmers' markets accept EBT as a source of payment and more!

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Browse through a collection of Off-Campus resources available to all UC Merced students. Click here to view the list of resources available.

Community Action Agency

Programs supported by Community Action Agency:
  • Preschool Programs - more information can be found here
  • Utility Assistance: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - more information can be found here
    1. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – provides a direct payment to an eligible client’s utility bill to help offset the cost of heating or cooling their home.
    2. Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) – provides assistance to low-income households that are in a crisis situation. Eligibility for ECIP is the same as it is for HEAP except a Shut Off Notice from the Utility Company must have been received by the client prior to application.

Regional Food Assistance

If you or someone you know is in need of food, find the closest food program in your area here

The Bus

  • UC Merced Students can ride The Bus for free by swiping their UC Merced Student Cat Card on all bus routes. Visit their website for available routes.
  • Students can also track the bus anytime!

VITA (Free Tax Preparation)

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Learn more Here!