Basic Needs Resources and Updates

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Photo of student Maria Ortega picking up a can of soup
Maria Ortega picks up a can of soup and other nonperishable goods in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Photo by Sreang Hok.

Food+Shelter+Success is committed to supporting student basic needs during the University’s COVID-19 precautions. In alignment with University recommendations, the following modifications to basic needs programming will be implemented starting March 10, 2020. If you need additional support, please email or drop-in to the Dean-on-Call Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the Student Services Building (SSB) 403.

CalFresh Assistance
In-person CalFresh assistance is temporarily suspended. We will be assisting students virtually. Please email for CalFresh assistance- screening, application assistance, documents and questions.

Gator Groceries
The Associated Students food pantry: Monday services are currently uninterrupted. Gator Groceries (in Cesar Chavez Student Ceter) is scheduled to be open Wednesday – Thursday with modified hours. Email for any questions.

Associated Students Farmers Market
Associated Students Farmers Market is canceled for March.

Emergency Meal Cards
Will continue to be distributed through the Dean-on-Call program, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in Student Services Building 403.

Cooking Classes
Cooking classes are canceled for March.

Wi-Fi and Laptop Access
The Library has 24-hour access to study space and wi-fi in the Research Commons, first floor. Students can also access desktops and laptop check-outs daily.

Zen Den
Zen Den is suspended until April 5.

Mashouf Wellness Center
The Mashouf Wellness Center will be closed beginning March 14. For more information on available showering/hygiene resources on campus, please email

Basic Needs Care Kits/Laundry Kits
Will continue to be distributed at the Health Promotion and Wellness office Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gator Crisis Housing
Check-ins have been temporarily paused for March.

Stay well,

Jewlee Gardner, MPH (she/her)
Assistant Director for Basic Needs Initiatives
Health Promotion and Wellness
San Francisco State University