Basic Needs Center

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. Programs include CalFresh, food pantry, emergency housing, life skills courses, care coordination, and drop-in services.

What are Basic Needs?

The Basic Needs Center defines 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