About Us

UC Berkeley New Basic Needs Center

Recent CalFresh eligibility expansion

Expanded CalFresh Eligibility as of February 2021 - All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and/or who have Work Study in their financial aid package are eligible to apply for CalFresh!

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Background

The Basic Needs Center team is committed to fostering belonging and justice on the UC Berkeley campus through a robust model of prevention, intervention and emergency relief efforts. Our efforts aim to combat the structural drivers of basic needs insecurity such as rising income inequality, increasing cost of living, inadequate high school preparation, and more. Using a holistic and systematic approach, we target the different facets of basic needs insecurity on campus in order to consistently reduce the number of students that require emergency resources.

We envision an equitable and inclusive campus where all students have access to the necessary support to thrive.

Recent CalFresh eligibility expansion

Expanded CalFresh Eligibility as of February 2021 - All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and/or who have Work Study in their financial aid package are eligible to apply for CalFresh!

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Vision

Ongoing basic needs justice for all UC Berkeley community members no matter who they are or where they come from.

Values

Belonging & Justice

Mission

Provide equitable programming today; advocate and engage to lead systemic change tomorrow.

Recent CalFresh eligibility expansion

Expanded CalFresh Eligibility as of February 2021 - All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and/or who have Work Study in their financial aid package are eligible to apply for CalFresh!

Click link here to view flyer with more information.

Theory of Change

 Advocacy, Research, Prevention, Sustainability

Our holistic model comprises four key areas:

1. Research 

2. Prevention 

3. Sustainability 

4. Advocacy

Recent CalFresh eligibility expansion

Expanded CalFresh Eligibility as of February 2021 - All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and/or who have Work Study in their financial aid package are eligible to apply for CalFresh!

Click link here to view flyer with more information.

Prevention Model

Inverted Pyramid Prevention Model Starting with All students (pre uc, admission messaging, 1st years) then Basic needs insecure populations (calfresh, BN services, emergency relief, crisis resolution)

Our Basic Needs Inverted Pyramid Prevention Model shows the various stages and resources we have identified as important to effectively reduce basic needs insecurity within UC Berkeley. 

We aim to address basic needs insecurity through basic needs messaging and support: (i) before folks arrive at UC Berkeley, (ii) during transitions into campus, and (iii) during their first-year experience; thus, reducing situations of emergency and/or crises.