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Basic Needs Advocates

Welcome!

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.

Sincerely, 
The Basic Needs Advocate Team
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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 and speak to an advocate.

Spring Quarter 2021:
Monday - Wednesday:
10am - 5:30pm 
Thursday:
10am - 4:30pm 
Friday:
9am - 4:30pm

Finals Week (June 7th-11th): 
Monday
10am - 5:30pm 
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 
10am - 5:30pm 
Thursday: 
10am - 4:30pm 
Friday: 
CLOSED

Week between Finals and Summer Session A (June 14th-18th):
CLOSED 

June 21st-25th:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm-5:00pm 

Rest of Summer:
Schedule to be posted.  We will be open 5 days a week likely from 10am-5pm but we are currently working with our student advocates to confirm the schedule.  


See virtual chat hours for additional availability.
Virtual Chat Hours  
Chat with an advocate to receive instant assistance.

Spring Quarter 2021:
Monday12 pm- 6:30 pm 
Tuesday to Thursday
10 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
10 am - 5 pm 
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
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
Watch this video for information on where you can use your CalFresh!
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