Basic Needs

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, please complete our Basic Needs referral form.

Our case management interns are available in the Raft Cafe every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for drop-in CalFresh appointments and general case management support. Meet us in Building 12! 

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What are basic needs?

  • Basic necessities all students need to thrive and be successful
  • Adequate food
  • Stable housing
  • Physical and mental well-being 

Meet the Team!

Headshot of Care manager Joanna Snawder-Manzo

Joanna Snawder-Manzo, Care Manager 

Robyn DoCanto, Basic Needs Hub Coordinator

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Amy Zamara, Basic Needs Case Manager

Contact Basic Needs

Phone: 831-582-3511 or 831-582-3522

Email: Send an email

Building: Student Center, Building 12, Room 152 Enter the double glass doors and turn right!

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.