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Food Security & Basic Needs Taskforce


The Food Security & Basic Needs Taskforce is the steering committee which oversees campus efforts to reduce food and housing insecurity among UCSB students and increase access to basic needs.  This committee was formed as a direct result of the recommendations of the statewide Food Access and Basic Needs Workgroup of the UC Global Food Initiative. This committee is responsible for delegating and managing the budget allocated to UCSB from the Food Access, Security, and Basic Needs Working Group.  This group is also responsible for tracking metrics on the success of food security and basic needs efforts and providing ongoing reports to UCOP and the UC GFI. This committee also advises the Chancellor on issues related to food security and basic needs.

Contact for the Food Security Taskforce:

Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator


  • Direct Service (Chair: Melissa Fontaine)
  • Communications and Education (Chair: Melissa Fontaine)


  • Mike Miller, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services; Chair of the Food Security Taskforce
  • Melissa Cohen, General Manager, Isla Vista Food Cooperative
  • Grecia Martinez, Undergraduate Student at Large
  • Diane Fujino, Professor, Asian American Studies; Director, the Center for Black Studies Research
  • Eric Nava, Undergraduate Student at Large; Student Coordinator, Associated Students Food Bank
  • Sharleen O'Brien, Director Health and Wellness
  • David Pellow, Dehlsen Professor; Program Vice-Chair, Environmental Studies Program
  • Rebecca Plotkin, Basic Needs Manager, Financial Aid 
  • Ali Sir, Associated Students Representative
  • Open, Graduate Student Association Representative


  • Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator, UCSB Sustainability