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Basic Needs


The CSU Basic Needs Initiative supports students' well-being and basic needs by providing access to:

  • Immediate food assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Short term emergency housing
  • Connecting students with additional resources and support on campus and in your community

COVID-19 Information 

The Obershaw DEN and The PDC DEN will remain open with modified hours and services for students. To minimize the risk of exposure and follow best practices for food pantries, both locations will provide pick-up service only. Students seeking food assistance will receive a prepared food bag during posted office hours. By moving to this type of pickup service we hope to minimize any lines and incorporate social distancing recommendations. Our intent is to continue providing the best service possible during these challenging times. 

Hours of Operation for Winter Intersession 2021

Obershaw DEN:

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


For the latest information on hours and service follow us on Instagram @CSUSBbasicneeds and for the Palm Desert Campus @CSUSBbasicneeds_PDC. 


Our mission is to empower students to reach their health, wellness and academic goals by connecting them to the resources they need to ensure their success.

Help When It Matters Most

To help our students in need, CSUSB has implemented a number of Coyote Basic Needs resources. The Obershaw DEN, the PDC DEN, emergency housing, and the emergency loan program provide assistance to students when it  is needed most.

Donate Amazon Wish List Items Directly to The Obershaw DEN!

The Obershaw DEN now has an Amazon wish list. If you wish to donate to the DEN, you can also donate by purchasing these high-demand items for CSUSB students.

Donate Now!

Upcoming Events

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