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Basic Needs Center

At the UCI Basic Needs Center, our mission is clear: to make UCI a basic needs-secure campus by ensuring every student has access to essential resources, including food and housing. We understand that meeting the basic needs of our students greatly impacts their mental and physical health, academic performance, work productivity, and holistic success. As such, we are dedicated to fostering financial stability among students through equitable access to basic needs, achieved through student empowerment, community collaboration, and institutional integration.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we achieved a significant milestone this year by launching our Mobile Food Pantry. This initiative ensures accessibility for students by delivering fresh, nutritious food directly to campus every Friday. It's a mobile solution that meets students where they are, ensuring that no student goes hungry. Your continued support will amplify our impact, enabling us to reach even more students in need. Together, we can fund our mission: mobile nutrition!

On Giving Day, we're raising funds to support our vital services, such as our Emergency Meal Swipes program, emergency housing, CalFresh assistance, and our two pantries. Did you know that students visit our Fresh Pantry and Mobile Pantry nearly 7,000 times every quarter? Your Giving Day gift will directly impact around 600 students weekly, ensuring they have access to nutritious food and essential resources. 

With your support, we can enhance accessibility, expand our range of fresh food options, and extend our reach to help even more students in need. Your contribution isn't just a donation; it's a lifeline for our students.

Your support matters. With your help, we can continue to make a tangible difference in the lives of UCI students. Thank you for considering us on Giving Day!

For more information on our resources and services, please refer to our website at 
basicneeds.uci.edu or Instagram @ucibasicneeds.

Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 74
2 HI 1
2 VA 1
Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
Basic Needs Center Match
Thanks to a generous gift from UCI Parents Moinak and Madhumita Ghosh, every gift made to the Basic Needs Center will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500.
Basic Needs Center “Love UCI” Challenge
Hosted by the UCI Chinese Alumni Chapter, the UCI Chinese Parent Group and the Irvine Canaan Christian Community Church. Once we receive 37 gifts to the Basic Needs Center, a generous $3,750 in additional Basic Needs support will be unlocked!
37 / 37 Gifts
Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
25 / 25 Gifts
1965 Challenge
Congratulations to Hilary Lapks! Your gift to Men's Volleyball just unlocked $1,965 in bonus funds for the program!
1,965 / 1,965 Gifts
Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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