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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, the UCSB Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center (SNAC) and speak to an advocate.


Finals and Spring Break:
We will be closed for in person appointments during Finals and Spring Break.  Please use the chat box in the lower right hand corner or book a zoom appointment with us for support.

Spring Quarter:
Open 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.

Finals and Spring Break:
We will be closed for in person appointments during Finals and Spring Break.  Please use the chat box in the lower right hand corner or book a zoom appointment with us for support.

Spring Quarter:
Open Mon-Thursday 2pm-5pm
Virtual Chat Hours  
Chat with an advocate to receive instant assistance.

Please send us a chat in the lower right hand corner of this website and we will email you back within1-2 days


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
Confused on how to schedule a CalFresh appointment on Shoreline? Watch this video to learn more!

Where to use CalFresh
Watch this video for information on where you can use your CalFresh!
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