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Basic Needs Advocates


At UCSB, we know getting connected to the right resources isn't always easy. To help out, the Basic Needs Advocates are ready to assist you with all aspects of your basic needs, including (but not limited to) food, finances, and housing. Got a question? Just ask an Advocate!

Visit us at the Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center at the UCen. It's also called the Student Needs Advising Center -- the SNAC. 

We welcome all UCSB students, regardless of immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation. All UCSB students are welcome.

The Basic Needs Advocate Team
UPDATE REGARDING COVID: The Basic Needs Advocates remain committed to helping students basic needs resources, regardless if they are living on or off-campus. While our physical location remains open (details below), Advocates are also available through virtual chat – just click the green chat bubble in the corner of the screen. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (805) 893-2786, email us at thrive@ucsb.edu, or schedule a virtual appointment below.
SNAC Hours  
Visit our office, the UCSB Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center (SNAC) and speak to an advocate.

Closed through January 2nd. 

Winter Quarter:

Week 1:
Jan 3rd: Open 2-5pm 
Jan 4th-7th: Open 9am-5pm 

Week 2 through the rest of Winter (except Holidays):
Mon-Friday 9am-5pm

See virtual chat hours for additional availability.

El Centro Basic Needs Center Hours  

We have a second office at El Centro on the UCSB Campus, Room 115.

Closed through January 17th. Reopening Tuesday, January 18th 

January 18th through the end of the quarter (except Holidays):
Open Monday-Thursday 2-5pm
Virtual Chat Hours  
Chat with an advocate to receive instant assistance.

Same hours as SNAC hours to the left

Our Location
The Student Needs Advising Center (SNAC) is located in the University Center, right next to Jamba Juice and across from the campus bookstore.

CalFresh Shoreline Tutorial
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Where to use CalFresh
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