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Last Updated: May 20, 2020  |  Jump to Homepage

Hours of Operation
Yes, we're still open! The Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC) at the UCen will remain in service during Spring Quarter. We are wearing masks and practicing social distancing, and ask you to do the same if you choose to visit us in person. You can also call us at (805) 893-2786 while we are open.

Please note that our in person office will be closed on Monday, May 25th in light of the Memorial Day holiday. Please email us at ucsbcalfresh@gmail.com and we will get back to you within the following business day. 

Our Hours: 
Mon:
 11:30am - 5:30pm,
Tues - Thurs:
 9am - 6pm
Fri10am - 4pm

Chat With Us! 

The best way to reach us, any day of the week, is to chat with us by clicking on the green bubble in the lower right hand corner of this page. Here you can ask quick questions, learn about basic needs resources, find out if you are eligible for CalFresh, and get real-time assistance with your CalFresh application. We are available to respond to chats at the following times:

Monday: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 
9am - 9pm
Friday: 9
am - 8pm
Saturday:
 10am - 4pm
Sunday:
 9am - 4pm 

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.

Registered students also have free access to Microsoft Office Suite. Through the Microsoft Student Advantage Program, actively enrolled students can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications at no cost. View details here.

Adobe has provided temporary at-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud for impacted students and faculty, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please use this form to sign up for access

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.

Summer Housing

Good news! Students taking Summer 2020 courses can receive rental assistance for living arrangements anywhere in the state of California.
 
To be eligible, students must be a California resident, enrolled in at least 12 units throughout the summer, and be UCSB Scholarship eligible. Students living in University Apartments can be eligible to receive up to $1,000. Additionally, in response to the challenges of COVID-19, students not living in university-owned housing may qualify for up to $500 in housing vouchers! Vouchers will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until all funds are exhausted. Interested students can apply here: https://forms.gle/sW5EaHjtrLJZqRyW9, if you have any questions, please submit them to the chat box located on the bottom right hand corner of the food.ucsb.edu website. Furthermore, the Financial Crisis Response Team has awarded over 300 Housing Vouchers to students in need of rental assistance throughout the school year.



CalFresh Assistance
Calfresh & Food Security Peer Advisors
will be in service 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, the best way to reach us is to chat with us by clicking on the green bubble in the bottom right hand corner of this page. Alternatively, you can call us at (805) 893-2786 during our in person hours of operation, or you can email us at UCSBcalfresh@gmail.com and we will get back to you within one business day. 

Food Pantries and Groceries
The AS Food Bank will provide 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 in service during 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 and is open during Spring Quarter! Located within San Joaquin Villages.


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 still be operating during Spring Quarter, but now at the Student Needs Advising Center. Please see hours here.

Cafe Picasso 
has temporarily postponed meals.

Counseling & Mental Health
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still operating in its usual capacity, but all service are now conducted either through Zoom or over the phone. Students can request services through this form, or by calling (805) 893-4411 to schedule an appointment. Among other things, CAPS offers brief therapy, group therapy, urgent appointments, and after-hours counseling.

Undocumented Student Resources
Undocumented Student Services has transitioned to online and remote operations and will continue their regularly scheduled services and programs. Currently, the primary off-campus resources being highlighted are:

Additional resources specific to 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.

Families & Non-Traditional Student Resources
While the Non-Traditional Student Resource Center isn't physically open, virtual coffee hour with an academic advisor is still being hosted, as is one-on-one advising with staff members. The NTSRC also continues to offer childcare grants and priority class registration for student-parents. Note: Non-traditional students include undergraduates over 24 and graduate students over 29 years old; students who are married or in a domestic partnership; and students who are parents or have dependents.

Career Resources
Career Services is maintaining a live feed of career resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a list of companies currently hiring, virtual broadcasts, and other sources of information. It's also advised to look over their job search safety tips page to avoid getting scams and suspicious postings.

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