Food+Shelter+Success

Basic Needs Initative

Food+Shelter+Success supports students in reaching their full potential at SF State by responding to student hunger and housing insecurity. Food+Shelter+Success is committed to the development of student-informed, data driven basic needs programs and resources that promote health equity, student leadership and a community of care.

The Basic Needs Initiatives is housed within Health Promotion & Wellness in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

For general inquiries about San Francisco State’s Basic Needs Initiatives, please contact Jewlee Gardner, MPH, Assistant Director for Basic Needs Initiatives, at jewlee@sfsu.edu.

To address student hunger and homelessness through the development of sustainable and student-informed programs and policies that support the university's educational mission.

San Francisco State is particularly interested in advancing basic needs initiatives that are consistent with principles of social justice by minimizing stigmatization, promoting self-determination, embracing systemic solutions that align with SF State’s strategic values of equity and community.

Responding to the basic needs of San Francisco State University is imperative for Student Engagement and Well-being, a core area of emphasis in the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, and has been a formal focus of the SF State following the release of the CSU Basic Needs Research Project, Phase I: Snapshot Study of Student Basic Needs and California State University Office of the Chancellor: Study of Student Basic Needs.

Comprised of students, staff and faculty from all cabinet areas, the Basic Needs Committee, serves as a permanent shared governance entity to advise University administration on priorities and best practices in responding to students’ basic needs. This committee has adopted the final report to the Vice President submitted by the SF State Ad Hoc Work Group on Responding to Food & Housing Insecurity.

Want to get involved in helping support basic needs work at SF State?

Please email BasicNeeds@sfsu.edu and introduce yourself if you are interested in:

  • receiving emails about ways to get involved with Basic Needs
  • interning with Basic Needs for a class
  • interviewing someone working on Basic Needs
  • donating to Basic Needs and want more information

Interested in volunteering at the AS Gator Groceries Food Pantry? Visit the AS Gator Groceries website.