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Resources Available in Light of COVID-19
Last Updated: March 27, 2020  |  Jump to Homepage

Hours of Operation
Yes, we're still in service!
The Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC) at the UCen will remain open for Spring Break on Monday from 1 - 4pm and Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 4pm. Advocates are also available to virtually chat over Spring Break, Monday - Friday from 11am - 2pm and from 4 - 6:30pm. Click the green bubble in the bottom right hand corner and say hello!

Spring Quarter hours (starting 3/30) can be viewed here.

Technology & Access
Chromebooks are available for FREE rental to students who do not have a working laptop/computer that they can access through spring quarter. To receive one, visit the Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center (see SNAC hours above). The center is located in the University Center, across from the bookstore and next to Jamba Juice. We are remaining even though the UCen is closed, as we have an entrance door from the outside of the building (next to Jamba Juice). We will be practicing social distancing if a line forms (asking students waiting to keep 6 feet between them and others) and will be actively facilitating this.

Chromebooks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Chromebooks must be returned by June 12th, 2020.  There is a $200 replacement fee for Chromebooks that are broken and/or not returned.  No fees will be charged if the item returns in good condition. This program was made possible by Orientation Programs in partnerships with Student Information Systems & Technology, Financial Aid, The UCSB Library, the Food Security and Basic Needs Taskforce, and UCSB Sustainability.

Free internet access information can be found at this page.


Financial Assistance
The Financial Crisis Response Team is open and still staying in a 24-48 hour response window. They can help with any financial challenges that may arise for students through grants, vouchers, scholarships, case management, and other forms of aid. Emergency food grants may be available. Email FinancialCrisis@sa.ucsb.edu to get in touch.

CalFresh Assistance
Calfresh & Food Security Peer Advisors
will be in service over Spring Break and during Spring Quarter (see SNAC hours above). Peer advisors will be available to answer questions about resources that are available to students given their specific needs (including questions about applying for CalFresh and maintaining their existing benefits). If you would like remote assistance, please email ucsbcalfresh@gmail.com or call (805) 893-2786. Alternatively, use the green chat box in the lower right hand corner of this page to immediately reach a peer advisor. Spring quarter schedules will be released shortly.

Food Pantries and Groceries
The AS Food Bank will be closed through Spring Break but will reopen for altered services during Spring Quarter. Every Wednesday and Friday from 10am - 3pm, the Food Bank will be distributing brown bags to students. Each bag will consist of pantry essentials that are normally carried at the food bank, including pastas, beans, sauce, etc. Note: The Food Bank will NOT be open for shopping – only brown bag distribution. Contact LuciaTrujillo@ucsb.edu or call (D) 805-893-3529 / (M) 805-618-5137 for information regarding spring quarter.

Miramar Food Pantry
 will be reopen at the start of Spring Quarter with updated hours (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm). Social distancing and proper sanitization will be practiced to ensure guests' safety.

Tenaya Market now accepts EBT! They'll be closed for Spring Break but plan on being in service for Spring Quarter (with limited hours).


Prepared Meals
Food Not Bombs is still serving free vegan meals (to go) every Sunday at Little Acorn Park and every Wednesday at Children’s Park from 5-6PM. Please visit their facebook page for updates and volunteer requests. 

The Organic Soup Kitchen is doing soup meal delivery for anyone with underlying health conditions, families and the elderly. Please contact 805-364-2790 or email contact@organicsoupkitchen.org.

The Free Nutrition/Snack Station program will be open at the Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center in Spring. Please see hours at: http://food.ucsb.edu/calfresh.

Cafe Picasso 
has temporarily postponed meals.

Showers on Campus
Access to showers can be provided to UCSB students who are without safe and stable housing. Please fill out this form and we will send you details.

Counseling & Mental Health
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still open and operating in its usual capacity. Students can call (805) 893-4411 to schedule an appointment with a counselor or to hear more about counseling resources on campus. After-hours phone counseling also is available at that number.

Undocumented Student Resources
Undocumented Student Services has transitioned to online and remote operations and will continue their regularly scheduled services and programs. Resources specific to the current COVID-19 situation can be viewed here. Students are encouraged to contact dvaldiviaordorica@ucsb.edu or make an appointment if they have specific concerns regarding their immigration status and/or their family.

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