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Basic Needs refers to the food, housing and overall wellness security of our community. Having one’s basic needs met has a direct impact on the academic performance, mental health, physical health, professional development and holistic wellbeing of our students.


The CSUMB Basic Needs Initiative endeavors to support students to be successful by ensuring their basic needs are met through resources, access and advocacy.

If you know of anyone that would benefit from more access to resources, complete our Basic Needs Referral Form.

Basic Needs Referral Form

Featured Resources

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Associated Students Food Pantry

In the Spring of 2016, taking feedback from students impacted by food insecurity, The Associated Students (AS) of CSUMB organized an on campus food pantry. Working in collaboration with The Food Bank for Monterey County, pantry days are coordinated to serve students in need. Any student can recieve a bag by swiping in with their student ID card.The AS Food Pantry has been overwhelmingly successful with upwards of 250 students receiving bags of food at each scheduled date.

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CalFresh Outreach

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets.

CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. Recipients receive and “spend” CalFresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards. Check your eligibility here.

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The CSUMB FreshAccess program enables students to receive access to fresh produce at select local farmers markets.

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Otter Snacks Map

The goal of the Otter Snacks Map is to highlight locations on and near the CSUMB campus where students and other community members can access fresh fruits and vegetables. It was created to increase awareness and encourage healthy food choices by providing a quick reference of local resources.This map is not meant to endorse specific vendors. Each location has links and/or telephone numbers for more information.


Otter Eats

Otter Eats is a new program that invites students to come to the last 20 minutes of campus events, as guests, when there is an excess of food, and consume it there. Opt-in to be notified when there is available food by texting EATS to 76626.

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Feed Each Otter

Meals have been donated to provide food for students that are food insecure. Every meal counts. Thank you in advance for your donations. This program was in recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

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