At UCSB, we know getting connected to the right resources isn't always easy. To help out, the Calfresh Advocates and Basic Needs Peer Advisors are ready to assist you with all aspects of your basic needs, including (but not limited to) food, finances, and housing. Got a question? Just ask an Advocate!

Visit us at the Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center at the UCen.

We welcome all UCSB students, regardless of immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation.
All UCSB students are welcome.

The Basic Needs Advocate Team

Thrive Basic Needs @ UCSB

In Person Assistance - Drop in Advising

Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center 

2024 Spring Hours

Come meet with an advocate at our office.

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Virtual appointments are available!

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Food Security & Basic Needs - Advising Center

El Centro Basic Needs Center

 2024 Spring Hours  

We have a second office at El Centro, Room 115. 

Monday: 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 5pm
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Friday: CLOSED

Virtual appointments are available!

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El Centro

Virtual Assistance - Zoom Appointments

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If you experience any issues when booking an appointment,
please contact us at  basicneeds@sa.ucsb.edu for additional assistance.

CalFresh Application

60 min. timeslot
(most applications average 45-60min.)

Recommended for: 
receiving guidance on applying for CalFresh and starting starting application

Schedule a CalFresh Appointment

Basic Needs Advising

45 min. timeslot

Recommended for: 
finding basic needs resources might be the best fit for your needs and advice on how to access those resources.

Schedule a Basic Needs Advising Session

SAR-7 (6 Month Renewal)

30 min. timeslot 

Recommended for: 
Questions about your semi-annual report (SAR-7) for your CalFresh benefits. 

Schedule a SAR-7 Advising meeting

Contact Us


Please send us a chat in the lower right hand corner of this website and an advocate will assist you within minutes or leave us a message while we are offline - a calfresh advocate will email you back in 1-2 days.

When Virtual Chat Not Live

We will follow up with an email within 1-2 business days or you can call or email us contact information.
Phone: 1-805-893-2786  |  Email: basicneeds@sa.ucsb.edu

Live Virtual Chat

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 9am-5pm