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Basic Needs Center

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Pop-Up Food Pantry

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CalFresh Ambassadors

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Basic Needs Center Grand Opening!

Welcome to the Basic Needs Center!

We support with all the essential resources needed to not only survive, but thrive here at UC Berkeley. Whether you’re a graduate student, undergraduate student, staff, or faculty, our mission is to support you and work together towards justice and belonging for all.

What are Basic Needs (BN)?

We define Basic Needs as the essential resources that impact your health, belonging, persistence, and overall well-being. It is an ecosystem that includes:

  • Nutritious food
  • Stable housing
  • Hygiene
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Wellness
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Sleep
  • Emergency Needs for Students with Dependents

We refuse to accept hunger, homelessness, and all other basic needs injustices as part of our university.

We believe in basic needs justice for all.

Our Programs

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Receive up to $204 per month to help you with your food budget.

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Food Pantry

Emergency food assistance for all.

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Emergency Housing

Short-term housing for those without or soon to be without housing.

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Food for Thought

Life skill courses providing basic needs resources.

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Care Coordination

Get one-on-one support around urgent basic needs concerns. 

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Drop-In Services

Meet with Financial Aid, Rent Board, Dietitians, and more! 


March 22, 2021

February 1, 2021

Come Visit Us!

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**We are currently closed due to COVID-19 Shelter In Place orders. Our services are now provided remotely.**

The Basic Needs Center is a space for students to create community and access basic needs services.

Come speak to our staff about resources, hang out, grab some hygiene supplies, or see a drop-in advisor!

Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm

Location: Lower level of ASUC MLK Jr. Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 located at 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA.