Provide Essentials to Students through the Basic Needs Fund

Provide Essentials to Students through the Basic Needs Fund

As a result of COVID-19 the Basic Needs Center redesigned its services to meet the exacerbated need of students while honoring public health guidelines including moving case management services online and setting up food pop-ups and grocery bag distribution sites throughout the community. 


In March alone these new efforts yielded:

  • 2,000+ visits to food pantry pop-ups and grocery bag distributions

  • $30,000 awarded in rental assistance to 26 students

  • 41 students served through case management 

The Center is dedicated to providing ongoing support to the community throughout COVID-19 and beyond and is proud to be working with campus partners as part of the UC Berkeley COVID-19 Student Relief Circle to ensure students are food and housing secure. 


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