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Basic Needs

Basic needs are what you need to survive and thrive and include:
To not have your basic needs covered, or not have the ability to access them, is considered an insecurity. Food insecurity, for example, is to not have food or access to foods. It is a very real situation for University of California students 
and affects more UCR students than one might think!

 

What Can I do to Help

Get involved in the opportunities below:

 

Rpantry
REFER STUDENTS TO R'GARDEN AND R'PANTRY

R'Pantry is an emergency, on-campus food pantry. R'Garden is a community "grow your own" space with a year-round harvest. Both welcome financial donations and volunteers!

Learn how you can help R'Pantry

Learn how you can help R'Garden.

Case Management
CONNECT STUDENTS TO STUDENT AFFAIRS CASE MANAGEMENT 

If you suspect that a student is in distress for any reason, including food insecurity, refer them to Student Affairs Case Management at casemanager@ucr.edu or (951) 827-5000. Trained case managers will connect students to resources, and provide consultations to faculty and staff.

Cal Fresh
ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR CALFRESH BENEFITS

Eligible students can access up to $194 a month for groceries through CalFresh, the nutrition benefit formerly known as food stamps. A local CalFresh outreach coordinator also accepts applications. Double your CalFresh Dollars at any participating Farmer’s Market. By spending $20 you can get an extra $20 to spend at a farmer’s market.  A valid student ID is required.

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Questions

Contact the UCR Basic Needs Working Group at basicneeds@ucr.edu. This group of faculty, staff and students coordinates services and programming to address basic needs at UCR.

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