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basic needs initiative @ CSUMB

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.

Basic Needs Referral Form

The Hub

The Basic Needs Hub serves as a space for students to connect with resources to assist them with meeting their basic needs and to empower them to be successful, connected members of the student body and community at large. These resources focus on removing barriers to student success, particularly those related to food or housing insecurity, financial concerns, and emotional well-being.

Location: Student Center (Building 12), Room 132

For questions or to make an appointment, please contact Ashley Ramsden, Basic Needs Coordinator, at or at (831) 582-3511.

The Hub

The Hub Services:

  • Case Management (1:1 consultations)
  • CalFresh Application Assistance
  • Otter Eats Text Enrollment

The Hub Resources:

  • Starbuck's Perishables
  • Non-Perishables (e.g. canned goods, dried beans, rice, pasta, etc.)
  • Food Vouchers

Basic Needs