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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.

Hours for Winter Quarter 2021 and Winter Quarter Finals Week:
Mon
12:30pm-4:30pm
Tues-Fri 
11-4:30pm. 

Spring Break 2021 Hours:
Mon
12:30pm-4:30pm
Tues-Wed
11-4:30pm. 
Thurs (March 25th): CLOSED
Friday (March 26th): CLOSED


The SNAC will be closed Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, but advocates will be available to chat. Click on the bubble in the bottom right hand corner to start a chat. 

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

Winter Quarter 2021, Winter Finals Week, and Spring Break 2021:
Monday
12 pm- 5 pm 
Tuesday
10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday
10 am - 5 pm
Thursday
10 am - 5 pm
Friday
10 am - 5 pm 
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
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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