UCBe: Basic Needs Secure Published: March 15, 2017 By: Larissa Charnsangavej The UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee is proud to announce the launch of its new website as part of celebrating Nutrition Week (March 13-16). The website outlines a variety of resources available to students in the areas of food and housing security, financial wellness, and how to access emergency resources on- and off-campus. On the need to develop a central resource, Hajar Larbah, the Committee’s Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator, said, “There is so much work being done by student groups, departments, and community organizations, and yet it is so difficult for people to hear about these resources available to them. We wanted to bring all of their work together in one place so that students in need have a place to start.” The website highlights groups doing outreach education and skill-building, including information about financial literacy workshops and credit courses about personal food security and wellness. “Basic needs security isn’t just about helping students in crisis,” explained Ruben E. Canedo, Chair of the Committee. “The data shows that food insecurity among students rises the longer they are here, so it’s vital to be proactive about educating the community and developing life skills.” “The website serves three primary functions,” added Larbah. “Education about the issues of basic needs security and wellness, building awareness and creating access to resources, and providing opportunities for people to get involved.” Visit the Basic Needs Security website to learn more, and stay connected by subscribing to the newsletter.