Basic Needs
Together We Will End Hunger, Malnourishment, and Homelessness

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2018


The UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee is proud to present the 2018 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week campaign from 11/12-11/17! We believe that holistic student health and wellness is an absolute priority, and we are excited to bring together the community to honor this collective belief. Throughout the campaign, we will be hosting workshops about the intersection of basic needs and financial aid, mental health, waste awareness, and more! Food will be provided at most events. As the winner of the “2017 Best Overall Awareness Week” in the country out of 700+ events last year, we are ready to share new and improved programming and continuously improve.

Please consider donating to support our food pantry, CalFRESH, farms and gardens, community programming, advocacy work, and more HERE.



Saturday 11/10 - Friday 11/16

Case Competition

We are excited to host our second Case Competition in honor of Hunger and Homelessness Week in partnership with FEED Berkeley and ASUC Senator Regina Kim’s Office!
The case competition is intended to get students to think critically about BNS issues and help offer solutions that BNS can implement in the future. There is NO data analysis required, so students from all majors, years, and backgrounds will be on an even playing field and can find the event manageable.

In addition, students from all UCs are welcome to create a team to participate in the University California campus wide competition.

Please sign up in teams of 3 - 5 by Friday, November 9th, 2018 HERE.

The prompt will be released to teams on Saturday, November 10th, and solutions are due on Thursday, November 15th 4:59 PM. Our judges will review the submissions and decide the finalists by the night of November 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified by 10:00 PM, and will present between 9 am - 3 pm on Friday, November 16th. Results will be announced at our community dinner on November 16th 5 - 7 pm at Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

The prizes this year consist of:

  • 1st place: meal with the Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubón, Jr. and featured story on the BNS page

  • 2nd place: sponsored boba party for 20 people

  • 3rd place: $25 gift card to the Berkeley Student Food Collective for each member



Tuesday 11/13

Affordable Housing/ Eating on a Budget Workshop

Tuesday, November 13th 5pm-6:30pm
211 Sproul Hall, Barrow Lane
Berkeley, CA 94720

Come by and listen to presentations targeted for Cal students to enhance their financial budget planning. Hosted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and partnered with the Student Advocate’s Office, this workshop will educate students on the basics of “Eating on a Budget” and “Moving out of the Dorms”. Snacks will be provided during the workshop.



Tuesday 11/13 & Wednesday 11/14

Weigh Your Waste Events

Tuesday, November 13th 5pm-8pm - Clark Kerr & Crossroads Dining Halls

Wednesday, November 14th 5-8pm - Cafe 3 & Foothill Dining Halls

Co-hosted by Cal Dining and Basic Needs Security, Weigh Your Waste’s goal is to expose the amount of food waste created in Cal’s dining halls. To showcase this, students will have to sort their food waste into 4 bins labeled inedible, liquid, napkin, and edible waste. There will also be a “waste buffet” table where completely full plates of food will be placed throughout the night. There’ll be a spinning wheel with facts regarding food insecurity, an online survey, and stickers/prizes for participating students.



Wednesday 11/14

Experts’ Panel

Wednesday, November 14th 7:30pm-10pm
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720

Come listen to local community members, who are leading initiatives to alleviate food, housing, and financial insecurities for students at Cal. Experts include Kiyoko Thomas, manager of UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security, Suzanna Martinez, a researcher at the Nutrition Policy Institute, and Benito Delgado Olson, the Founder & Executive Director of the Supply Bank. Dinner will be provided from SLIVER Pizzeria. Reception will begin at 7:30pm, followed by the panel at 8:00 pm and an open Q&A session. PLEASE RSVP HERE.



Thursday 11/15

Mental Health Workshop

Thursday, November 15th 5pm-6:30pm
Stiles Hall Conference Room
Berkeley, CA 94720

Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Aranda from the Counseling & Psychological Services and in partnership with the ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President’s Office, we will be facilitating conversation about the intersection between mental health and basic needs. This is a great opportunity for students to gain more information about what resources are available. FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED!



Thursday 11/15

FAFSA/ Dream Act Workshop

Thursday, November 15th 6pm-7:30pm
Open Computing Facility, 171 MLK Student Union, 2475 Bancroft Way #171
Berkeley, CA 94720

Drop in to listen to a presentation about the 2019-2020 FASFA/ Dream Act Application process. Hosted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee, and the ASUC Student Advocate’s Office, this workshop will educate students on the basics of the financial process and assist students while they work on the online application. Snacks will be provided during the workshop.



Friday 11/16

calfresh mega enrollment Session

Friday, November 16th 9am-3pm
Anna Head Alumnae Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Our campus CalFRESH team will be helping students enroll in CalFRESH, the government program that can provide up to $192/month in food assistance. Check out for more information on eligibility requirements and the enrollment process!


2018 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Team


Sara Tsai

Year: Junior (2020)

Major: Business Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies

After spearheading last year’s campaign efforts, I can’t wait to see how our new and improved programming will turn out! I’m especially excited about the inaugural UC systemwide basic needs case competition and reading the creative solutions that the participants will come up with!

Other Activities: Net Impact Berkeley, FEED Berkeley, Student Kitchen Coalition, Food Recovery Coalition

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Laura Shi

Year: Freshman (2022)

Major: Nuclear Engineering

I am super excited to be co-leading the Basic Needs Experts’ Panel! Throughout HH week, I look forward to destigmatizing and raising awareness of the resources available to combat basic needs insecurities in the Cal community.

Other Activities: American Nuclear Society, Danceworx


Sophia Shatas

Year: Senior (2019)

Major: Psychology

I am co-leading the Experts’ Panel with Laura and I’m hoping that our message resonates with the entire Berkeley community, whether you are needs secure or not. If everyone comes out of our panel having learned something they didn’t know previously about basic needs and how they can get involved on campus, I’ll be a happy camper!

Other Activities: Sigma Eta Pi (entrepreneurship fraternity), Net Impact Berkeley, YWCA’s EIA volunteer program

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Leandra Padayachee

Year: Senior (2019)

Major: Nutrition Science

I’m leading the FAFSA/Dream Act Workshop and co-leading the Mental Health Workshop. I’m very excited to be a part of the efforts to increase both financial awareness and mental health awareness here on campus! These workshops are extremely helpful, and I highly encourage everyone to come by and learn about Cal’s resources :)

Other Activities: Global Medical Training, Haas Behavioral Lab


Jessie Navarro

Year: Senior (2019)

Major: Environmental Economics and Policy

Other Activities: Students of Color Environmental Collective, Latinx and the Environment Initiative, Sustainable Economies Law Center

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Kelly Hong

Year: Senior (2019)

Major: Environmental Economics and Policy

I’m leading the Hunger & Homelessness Case Competition and co-leading the FAFSA Workshop. I’m really excited to be taking part in this campaign and creating a more inclusive community on campus! We put in a lot of time and effort to these workshops so come and check them out! Plus, there’s free food so it’s a win-win.

Other Activities: CalDragboat, AAA Design Committee, Fiat Lux Student Association