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COVID-19 Resources

You can visit VCSA's page for an extensive list of up-to-date information on COVID-19 resources and information.

We at The Hub Basic Needs Center understand the distress many students and non-students may be experiencing now due to presence of COVID-19. We have compiled a list of various resources below both on and off campus that are available for use. 

Our services are open to any undergraduate or graduate student. Take a look at our Resource Card, a small pocket-sized brochure that highlights the breadth of our services and resources here. 

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University Resources: 

COVID-19 Special Relief Fund Request Form


The Hub Food Support

We will be giving out need-based grocery cards to UC San Diego Registered Students for Kroger Participating Grocery Stores - these include Food For Less, Ralphs , Food Co, Fred Myers and more. 

The Triton Food Pantry will be open during finals week, spring break and spring quarter. Please check frequently for their hours during spring break.

If you have any other financial concerns please reach out for assistance.

Food Security for International Students

The ISPO iTable program is accepting food security self referral forms. Click here to access a form.

UCSD Grocery Shuttle

The Grocery Shuttle wil beginnning service on Tuesday, April 7th, and run every Tuesday 10 AM - 4 PM for Spring 2020. The route and stops will remain the same.

To practice social distancing, we have minimized the amount of seats down to approx. 8-10 per bus, and allowing only boarding/exiting through rear doors to minimize exposure to the drivers.

Check our Grocery Shuttle page and Affordable Grocery Store Map for more information!

Student Laptop Loan Program

Click here to fill out a Student Loaner Laptop Request Form.

Campus Wellness Resource Centers

If you are feeling overwhelmed or need additional support please connect with our campus wellness services.

If you are worried about your situation and would like to explore your options on a personalized level please reach out to your College Dean. 

Lease Cancellation

Student Legal Services held a "Can I Cancel My Lease?" Webinar on March 23rd in regards to off-campus leases. You can view the webinar and slides at the link.

They also provide resources about protecting security deposits.

For Lease FAQs, click here.

Undergraduate Colleges

Graduate Division and Departments

The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Graduate Division - April Bjornsen - is available at 858-534-3550 or abjornsen@ucsd.edu.

CalFresh:

Administrative Flexibilities

Report Waiver and Extended Certification Periods 

Existing CalFresh recipients do not need to complete their March, April, or May periodic renewal also known as SAR-7 to continue receiving benefits. The Executive Order waives eligibility redeterminations for 90 days, or until June 15, 2020.

Interview Waiver

New CalFresh applicants do not need to complete an interview if they provide identity verification and other required documents, including proof of earnings if applicable, with their application. If you have recently lost a job because of the COVID-19 epidemic and/or are receiving unemployment you are still eligible to apply. For assistance starting a new CalFresh application, fill out our CalFresh Assistance Form

Telephonic Signature

CalFresh has been granted flexibility to more easily accept signatures from CalFresh applicants over the phone. If you need assistance updating your CalFresh case we can connect you with our partner Felicia, a San Diego County caseworker, who has been working with us closely on many of our UCSD student cases. Felicia is able to process any over the phone signatures or updates you may need to complete your CalFresh application. 

EBT Online Purchasing Statewide 

As of April 28, 2020 CalFresh recipients will be allowed to use EBT cards to make online purchases and request grocery delivery at approved retailers statewide. Currently Amazon and Walmart are accepting EBT online purchases.  

Additional Food Benefits

Emergency CalFresh Allotments

Existing CalFresh recipients will receive a supplement payment to bring their benefits up to the maximum amount based on household size. Households already at the maximum amount will not receive an emergency allotment. Emergency allotments will be issued April 12 and May 10. Anyone who applies for CalFresh in May and is approved will receive emergency allotments in early June.

  • For a family of four, the max benefit amount is $646.00/month. That's equivalent to twelve 30-pound boxes of food!

Ex. If you are currently receiving $95 for a household size of one, during the month of April and May you will receive $194, which is the maximum amount for a household of one.

You do not need to make any changes or updates to your case. Benefits will be directly added to your EBT card. To check your balance statement check your most recent grocery receipt or call the number behind your EBT card for your current balance.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Families with children eligible for free or reduced-priced meals whose school facilities are closed will be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits will be issued on EBT cards and can be used to buy groceries, just like CalFresh food benefits. Implementation date TBD.

On & Off Campus Student Updates

Relocating

If you are currently moving out of San Diego County because of the effect of COVID-19, you do not need to update your address as of now. You may continue using your benefits in other counties and states while you are away. If you run into any issues or do not plan on returning to San Diego for the next academic year of 2020/2021, please reach out to us with any questions you may have. 

HDH 5100 Dining Plan

Students who are enrolled in the 5100 Meal Plan with HDH will temporarily qualify for CalFresh as long as you meet all other requirements. In the past students who qualified for CalFresh, but were enrolled in the 5100 meal plan were not granted benefits because the 5100 meal plan is considered to cover all your meals. The county is currently making an exception in order to assist any students who may be limited to resources and food accessibility. Feel free to reapply if you did not qualify in the past due to this regulation.

EBT Online

Starting April 28th, you can use your EBT card to make purchases online on Amazon and Walmart. Please note that you cannot use your EBT card delivery services, but most deliveries are free if purchases are more than $25. For more information, click here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Still Apply For CalFresh If I Recently Moved Out of San Diego County Temporarily?

Yes. You can still apply for CalFresh if your housing situation was affected by the current COVID-19 Pandemic and you had to move off campus OR to a different county within the state. We recommend that you still use our campus application link (students.getcalfresh.org/s/ucsd) and your San Diego address if you plan to come back. You can choose an option within your application to receive mail at a different address that you are currently staying at.

I Recently Moved Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Do I Have to Update The County About This and Will I Still Receive My Benefits?

If you had a recent change of address you do NOT have to update the county due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. You will still receive your benefits and will be able to use them. If you are due to submit your re-certification or provide a semi-annual report, you do not have to do so for 90 days. Once you return to San Diego to continue attending UCSD, you should update the county through LaterDocs if your address has changed from the one they had on file.

Can I Still Use My Benefits If I Have Moved to a Different Location?

Yes. You can continue to use your benefits regardless of the county OR state that you are currently staying in. The only limiting factor for where you can use your benefits is which specific stores and markets accept them.

Will There Still Be CalFresh Assistance Available For Students During Spring Quarter 2020?

Yes! Our student staff is working remotely to ensure that any concerns our student population has are addressed and taken care of as soon as possible. Stay tuned in to our website and social media pages to make sure you’re getting the latest Basic Needs and CalFresh information for the immediate future!

Center for Healthy Communities FAQs

CSU, Chico's Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a leader in research-based nutrition, physical activity, and policy changes to support community health. It was known previously as the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP). The current name acknowledges the Center’s broader health focus.

The Center for Healthy Communities developed a CalFresh Outreach COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions (Last updated 5/13/20). 

Community Resources:

San Diego Hunger Coalition

The San Diego Hunger Coalition has compiled a list of food assistance resources and information regarding Meals for Kids, Food Banks, WIC, CalFresh (SNAP), and Senior & Congregate Meals.

Check out the flyer, or go to their website for more information.

San Diego Hunger Coalition resources on Public Charge & Safe Food Assistance

Local Food Banks

Feeding San Diego 

To find your local food bank, click here.

Tax Information

If you are a student and would like to file your taxes by April 15th but cannot pay a tax preparer, take a look at these resources: 

Employee Benefits

Employee Rights & Resources

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to work, or have concerns about your options, please visit this site for information.

Internet Service

Click here for a Guide to Internet Service During Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are a few of the issues this resource addresses: 

  • Can I get free internet during the coronavirus outbreak?
  • Will my internet speed be affected by the coronavirus outbreak?
  • How to test your internet speed if you connection seems slower than usual
  • If I’m working from home, how much internet speed do I need? 
  • Will my internet data cap stay the same during the coronavirus outbreak?

Click here for Affordable Internet Service Programs 

What this resource addresses: 

Click here to see which Internet Service Providers have data caps

Here are a few of the issues this resource addresses: 

  • Internet providers who have temporarily waived data caps during the COVID-19 outbreak

Click here for a Guide to Rural Internet Service During Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are a few of the issues this resource addresses: 

  • Viasat’s response to COVID-19 (they will not terminate service for those who can’t pay through June 30)
  • HughesNet’s response to COVID-19 (they will also not terminate service for those who can’t pay)
  • Hotspot options for those who can’t get fast satellite internet at home
  • How to get free or cheap rural internet access during this time

Uhaul

Uhaul is offering free storage for students who’ve had to move out of their spaces for 30 days. Click here for more information. 

Frontier

For a limited time, students can now fly free* on Frontier Airlines to nearly 100 destinations. Click here for more information.

Renters

Addressing Fear and Anxiety