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Basic Needs Initiative

The CSU is committed to the success of all 479,000 students within the 23-campus system. This means tackling barriers to student success both inside and outside the classroom, including food and housing insecurity. ​


Study: “Serving Displaced and Food Insecure Students in the CSU”

In February 2015, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White commissioned a study to shed light on housing displaced and food insecure students. Findings from the first phase of the study were published in January 2016, with more findings to come in 2017​.

Read the Study

More ​Research​​

Studies on student food insecurity and hunger, housing displacement and homelessness and related topics are being done at universities across the country.​​

​​Explore the Resear​ch

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​​The 2017 conference is still being planned, but you can find resources from the 2016 CSU Conference to Best Meet the Needs of Housing Displaced & Food Insecure Students here.​​

​​Learn More​​

Campu​s Resources

A number of CSU​ ​campuses offer housing resources and food pantries for students, as well as other ways to find meals.

See​ Campus Programs

How to Help

There are a variety of ways to donate to a campus or to the CSU system to reach students who need help.​

Give ​Through CSU Cares

About Us

Faculty and staff across the CSU are working to understand and better meet students’ basic needs.

​Meet the Advisory Comm​ittee