Basic Needs

Cooking with CSUMB

Cooking with CSUMB is a virtual cooking demonstration series hosted by the Basic Needs Initiative. Each week students will have the opportunity to learn new recipe ideas with simple modifications, that are designed to accommodate the budget and lifestyle of college students. This means fast, simple and affordable meal and snack concepts that won’t break the bank.


All students are welcome and invited to tune into Cooking with CSUMB. Students that remain logged on for the entire live zoom session are eligible to receive $25 gift cards for groceries. Students may receive the gift cards a total of four times per semester.

Cooking with CSUMB

Staff and Faculty:

Do you have a favorite recipe that got you through college? Something affordable, somewhat nutritious and most importantly, DELICIOUS? You can share your skills with our students on Cooking with CSUMB.

What we are looking for:

  • Recipes involving few ingredients and equipment
  • Does this recipe have a story? Was this a recipe you used in college? Did your great aunt teach you how to make this? Think about how to incorporate that into your demo. People love a good story!
  • Good, well-lit camera positioning in your remote kitchen so the viewers can clearly see the action, and hear you. We recommend you do a practice run.
  • Clear demonstration of the recipe, with suggestions of modifications for differing dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free etc.) or utilizing what one might have on-hand

Disclaimer: You have agreed to be a viewing participant of the Basic Needs live or online and virtual activities, events, or workshop; and by this you are acknowledging that if you have purchased supplies, tools, food items or any other materials to participate in the activity, event, or workshop after its viewing, that you will attempt to abide by all safety measures and precautions outlined or provided in or on the manufacturers packaging, labeling or instructional pamphlets. Should you wish to attempt to reproduce the activity, event, or workshop provided by Basic Needs you have agreed to hold the university harmless from all claims. Thank you for your viewing participation in the Basic Needs online live or online and virtual activities, events, or workshops - be safe and have fun!