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Basic Needs Programs


The Basic Needs Center at SBCC is a centralized hub that helps you navigate challenges you may be facing. We strive to build awareness about food insecurity, healthy nutrition, CalFresh, Financial Aid, and other resources in a dignified and helpful environment.

We work in partnership with the Food Bank of Santa Barbara and the SB County Food Action Network Higher Education Basic Needs Impact Group to improve the nutritional health and food security of our campus community.

Basic Needs Center 
Location: East Campus, Room: ECC-14 
Email: basicneeds@sbcc.edu
Phone: (805) 730-3067

Fall 2023 Hours
Monday - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday -9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - Remote Services

*Closed during intercession and campus holidays.

Our Programs

Food Pantry

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The Food Pantry invites current SBCC students experiencing food insecurity regardless of income. Visit the Food Pantry at the Basic Needs Center and pick up FREE fresh produce, canned goods, pasta, dry grains, drinks, on-the-go snacks, and toiletries.

Love's Closet

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We offer a selection of gently used clothing items. If you or someone you know is in need of clothing, our center is here to help. Available during the monthly Food Shares.



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CalFresh is a federally funded food nutrition assistance program that can help applicants buy the food they need to live healthy and active lifestyles. 

Check your eligibility and apply by emailing basicneeds@sbcc.edu or calling (805) 730-3066 to schedule an appointment.

Low / No-Cost WiFi and Hotspots

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The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps provide a monthly discount on Internet service of up to $30 per eligible household. Applicants currently receiving federal aid, including those receiving aid under Pell Grant, CalFresh, Medicaid, and WIC qualify to receive this benefit. 

SBCC also offers free rental hotspots for eligible students.

WiFi Hotspot Application

Low-Cost Auto Insurance

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California’s Low-Cost Auto (CLCA) Insurance program helps good drivers that are income eligible afford auto insurance that meets the state’s financial responsibility laws. Each policy provides liability coverage for the vehicle’s primary driver and eligible secondary drivers. Each individual car owner may buy separate policies to insure up to two vehicles, per person under this program.

Emergency Aid 

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We recognize that unexpected circumstances can create financial hardships. Our Basic Needs Center provides emergency aid to those facing crisis situations, offering temporary support to help overcome these challenges.

*Application will open August 28, 2023*

Learn More

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BNC Blog

Upcoming BNC Events, recipes, monthly Food Shares, News Articles, Videos and more!

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Social Media

For day-to-day updates on events, hours, services, etc. follow us on Instagram!

Contact Information

Alondra Lazaro Gonzalez, B.A.   
Student Program Advisor, Basic Needs Center
Phone: (805) 730-3066
Email: alazarogonzalez@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Miguel A. Cruz, B.A.   
Coordinator, Basic Needs Center
Phone: (805) 730-4007
Email: macruz4@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Roxane Byrne, Ph.D.
Director, Student Equity and Engagement Programs • Student Equity Programs
Phone: (805) 730-4199
Email: rmbyrne@sbcc.edu

Make a Gift

The SBCC Food Pantry is partially funded by a Grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments.
The SBCC Food Pantry is also funded by the CCCCO Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, the SBCC Foundation, and generous donations from campus and community members.

Love's Clothing Closet has received generous support from the SBCC Foundation as well as campus and community donors.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the SBCC Basic Needs Program please click here: https://www.sbccfoundation.org/give-where-most-needed/.

To ensure the gift is directed to the SBCC Food Pantry please select "Use my donation where it is needed most" from the drop-down menu and type "Basic Needs Center" into the "Other Gift Instructions" section.  If you have any questions about donating to the SBCC Basic Needs Center please contact the SBCC Foundation at (805) 730-4401 or email info@sbccfoundation.org.