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There are many departments, organizations, committees, and individuals at UCSB all working in concert to ensure that every student, staff, and faculty member has access to healthy and sustainable food.  Here are a few of our partners:


Career Services: The goals of this program are to educate and empower all students and recent graduates to prepare for and pursue success through career education, programming, and counseling. This department also helps students cultivate professional relationships and networks, and encourages career training through experiential learning.

Health & Wellness: The UCSB Health & Wellness Program promotes the mental, physical, and social health of all students by enhancing individual skills and positive relationships with families, peers, and the UCSB and Isla Vista community. Through events, workshops, online challenges, and more, Health & Wellness aims to engage and educate students in topics including nutrition, positive body image, stress reduction, sleep, sexual health and relationships, and more.

Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises : UCSB Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises provides housing and associated residential life services for UCSB's undergraduate student, graduate student, and faculty population.
     • University Center Campus Dining Services
     • Residential & Community Living
     • Residential Dining Services: Menus are designed to include sustainable, healthy, high-quality food to meet our diverse population. Residential Dining provides balanced meals meeting a myriad of dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, and more.

Office of Financial Aid: The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides resources and information to help students that need financial assistance in order to pay tuition costs, housing costs, and other relevant costs. Financial Aid has offered 1-2 workshops on financial wellness every quarter of the Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program.

Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative: 
The Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) provides low rent co-op housing for UCSB students, staff, and faculty, regardless of gender, race, social, political, or religious affiliation, and thereby influences the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the community. 

Student Health:
The goals of Student Health are to provide comprehensive and integrated healthcare services that treat illnesses efficiently, promote physical and psychological well-being, and enable students to have a healthy and successful University experience.

Sustainability Program: 
This program believes that environmental, social, and economic systems are interconnected and for our community and campus to thrive, we must seek to create institutions and a culture that carefully consider all three dimensions. It operates as a collection of efforts from staff, students, administrators, and faculty across the campus, working in a decentralized manner through partnerships in an informal network to create change. The sustainability program is also providing core staffing to the Food Security Taskforce, Healthy Campus Network, and UC Global Food Initiative.

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Student Organization Partners:

Associated Students

A.S. Department of Public Worms: This student-run and student-funded department is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable practices and educating fellow students about hot composting, vermicomposting, and closed-loop food systems by processing pre-consumer food scraps from the dining commons on-site at UCSB. They employ these practices to reduce the pressure of waste on landfills, improve landscapes and gardens, and reduce the use of synthetic & artificial fertilizers in our beautiful community. They highly value hands-on experience and aim to get our community involved first-hand through farm volunteer work, educational demonstrations, and outreach events. 

A.S. Food Bank: The A.S. Food Bank is an organization that provides fresh, free, and nutritious food and necessary toiletries to students in financial need.

A.S. Recycling: A.S. Recycling partners with the A.S. Department of Public Worms to reduce waste at UCSB both through direct collection and through education and information sharing. They offer day-to-day recycling, composting, and electronic waste collection services.

A.S. Zero Waste Committee: An organization that designs and implements projects to help the campus obtain the UC system-wide goal of zero waste by 2020.

A.S. Environmental Affairs Board: E.A.B. is an organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment, principally at UCSB and its surrounding communities. They focus on ecology, energy, food, climate change, water policy and conservation, the economy, environmental justice and other issues.

Student Initiated Recruitment and Retention Committee: The committee assists historically underrepresented, low-income, and under-resourced students and organizations in establishing the fundamental interaction needed to create a long-term recruitment and retention program within our UCSB community.

Isla Vista Tenants Union:  I.V.T.U. is an organization that provides the community with a variety of housing resources such as educating tenants on their rights and responsibilities, acting as a resource when problems occur, providing beneficial rental advice, and more.


Edible Campus Program: The Edible Campus Program aims to address local food insecurity by repurposing underutilized spaces for sustainable food production, turning waste into food, and engaging students as growers and producers. The organization trains students in practices that address social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability, and helps them reclaim their personal connection to the land and their food. Their main projects currently include a Campus Farm, Urban Orchard, and Hydroponic Vertical Garden. 

Kids in Nutrition (KIN): Kids In Nutrition (KIN) brings nutrition education back to where it belongs: the classroom. KIN enables the younger generation to make better food consumption choices and teaches them about the implications these decisions have on chronic diseases and climate change. In this era of food production, it is essential for Americans to understand the consequences of a nutrient-deficient, calorie-rich diet in terms of personal health and sustainability. The research-based program helps the younger generation take action by adopting healthy behaviors early on in life. By educating youth to understand these relationships, the newest generation will be socially conscious and responsible individuals who not only take care of their health, but are also cognizant of how their personal choices impact the people and places around them.

PACES: The Program for the Assessment and Certification of the Environment and Sustainability (PACES) performs environmental consultation and assessment to help the campus and individuals save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and create a more sustainable environment. In relation to food and financial security, the PACES Program offers workshops on how to save money on utility bills.

Peer Advisors on Food Security: The Peer Advisors on Food Security are UCSB students who are aware of the broad variety of basic needs resources that UCSB and the local community have to offer including those focused on food, financial, and housing security.  If you aren't sure what resources are available and/or what resources might be helpful for you, the peer advisors can help point you in the right direction. 


Isla Vista Food Co-op: The Isla Vista Food Co-op is Santa Barbara County's only community-owned grocery store. The Co-op was founded over 40 years ago by students and Isla Vistans who wanted to ensure that the community would always have neighborhood access to high quality and affordable food, and that our local farmers and producers would have a dedicated store to sell to. 

Community Environmental Council:  CEC has various programs, one being the SBC Food Rescue that addresses food insecurity by redirecting excess, nutritious food from places like restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets to charitable organizations serving food insecure populations. This ensures the natural resources used to produce that food are not wasted, more people have access to food, and less methane is produced in the landfill.


Allan Hancock College: Food Science & Nutrition Program students at Allan Hancock College have partnered with FoodBank to host twice-monthly "Food Share Because We Care" food distribution events throughout the academic year. These students develop recipes and food tasting samples to share with participants in the Food Share events to encourage simple, budget-friendly, nutritious meal preparation.

SBCC: Students in the SBCC dual enrollment program will develop and accumulate short cooking and nutrition videos in English with Spanish subtitles using Instagram and other social media formats. This will be throughout year one and ongoing

Westmont College: Under a partnership with the SB Food Bank, Westmont College collects data on the impact assessment of services which has helped inform the Westside Initiative and led to the inception of the Healthy Food Pantry at Hardy School. Additionally, Westmont hosts a Sustainability Lecture Series which promotes innovative concepts and generative dialogue through hosting key community leaders.