The Berkeley Basic Needs Fund

The Berkeley Basic Needs Fund

“I was struggling to make ends meet during the last month of spring semester and suffered from food insecurity every day. I had no idea when my next meal was going to be, and I was too afraid to ask for help. After some guidance from my EOP counselor, I was connected to the Financial Aid Scholarships and Food Assistance Program. Within one day of emailing them, I was supplied with additional funds to my student account. Without this program, I would have continued to suffer in silence. This program is crucial to students coming from low-income homes, and I’m grateful for the assistance I was provided in my time of need.”

— Anonymous student, Class of 2019

The Basic Needs Center acts as a virtual and physical hub to support students in their journey to access essential services that impact health, belonging, and overall well-being. The Basic Needs Center team is committed to fostering belonging and justice on the UC Berkeley campus through a robust model of prevention, intervention and emergency relief efforts addressing holistic needs. We define basic needs as an ecosystem that includes: financial stability; nutritious and sufficient food; safe, secure and adequate housing; accessible and equitable health/medical care, technology and transportation. 

All enrolled students including undergraduate, graduate, international and undocumented students are eligible for Basic Needs Center resources and services.

Help UC Berkeley thrive by ensuring our community's basic needs are met. Your contribution will go to help transform our campus into a basic needs secure institution.

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