About the Basic Needs Program

In March 2015, CSULB implemented an innovative campus wide program with targeted services to address housing and food insecurity on our campus. These efforts are in support of the CSU Chancellor's Office Basic Needs Initiative.

The CSULB Basic Needs Program is comprised of the following programs:

ASI Beach Pantry

ASI Beach Pantry

The pantry has perishable and non-perishable food items, toiletries, and school supplies available to all CSULB students.

CalFresh Outreach Program

CalFresh Outreach Program

CalFresh is California's name for the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh benefits are funds on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to buy food. The CalFresh Outreach Program at CSULB provides application and verification assistance to students who meet CalFresh eligibility requirements. Assistance can be found during drop-in hours or through an appointment.

Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program

Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program

This program serves students experiencing an unforeseen emergency crisis situation who have exhausted all sources of assistance including financial aid grants and loans. The services include an emergency grant up to $500, emergency meal assistance, and short-term emergency housing.

Beach Bites

Beach Bites

Beach Bites is a mobile food app that is available for CSULB students who are iOS or Android users. The app alerts students to available food from on-campus catered events and meetings. Download the app here:

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