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Calfresh Advocates and Basic Needs Peer Advisors

Welcome!

At UCSB, we know getting connected to the right resources isn't always easy. To help out, the Calfresh Advocates and Basic Needs Peer Advisors 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.

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: 

Our team of Calfresh Advocates and Basic Needs Peer Advisors remain committed to helping students finding basic needs resources. Due to safety concerns and the health of our staff both of our in-person offices remain fully masked facilites - masks are required when meeting with an advocate, one can be provided for you upon arrival. 


IN PERSON ASSISTANCE - DROP IN ADVISING

Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center Hours  

Come meet with an advocate at our office.

FALL HOURS:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
CLOSED STARTING MONDAY, DEC. 5th
We will reopen in Winter Quarter, beginning Monday, January 9th.

Virtual appointments are still available!

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El Centro

El Centro Basic Needs Center Hours  
We have a second office at El Centro, Room 115. 

FALL HOURS:
Monday: 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday: 2pm - 5pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 5pm
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Friday: CLOSED
CLOSED STARTING MONDAY, DEC. 5th
We will reopen in Winter Quarter, beginning Monday, January 9th.

Virtual appointments are still available!


VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE - ZOOM APPOINTMENTS

Contact Us



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Please send us a chat in the lower right hand corner of this website and an advocate will assist you within minutes or leave us a message while we are offline - a calfresh advocate will email you back in 1-2 days.

Virtual Chat Hours:
Temporarily unavailable.
You are still able to send us a message through our virtual chat! We will follow up with an email within 1-2 business days or you can call or email us (contact information below).


Phone: 1-805-893-2786

Email: thrive@ucsb.edu

Learn How to Make a Virtual Appointment on Shoreline








CalFresh Application

60 min. timeslot (most applications average 30-45min.)

Recommended for: receiving guidance on applying for CalFresh and starting starting application

Schedule a CalFresh Appointment

Basic Needs Advising

30 min. timeslot

Recommended for: finding basic needs resources might be the best fit for your needs and  advice on how to access those resources.

Schedule a Basic Needs Advising Session

SAR-7 (6 Month Renewal)

15 min. timeslot 

Recommended for: Questions about your semi-annual report (SAR-7) for your CalFresh benefits. 

Schedule a SAR-7 Advising meeting


MEET THE 2022-2023 ADVOCATE TEAM

Anahi Salas
Elena Vu
Mirna Toxtle
Athina Salas
Fion Huang
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Azucena Sarbia
Genesis Hernandez
Sharmaine Nastor
Daniel Lopez-Escobar
Kelly To
Siouxzie Medina
Deisha Son
Lauren Bacon