The Student Basic Needs Coalition started at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2019. The group originally formed to advocate for solutions to student food insecurity, but quickly found that students on their campus and campuses across the country were facing access issues to food, housing, health, and safety that were causing them to not finish school. Around 1 in 3 students never finish their degree and the Federal Government Accountability Office released a report in 2018 that stated, “investment in higher education is at risk if college students drop out because they cannot afford basic necessities.” SBNC works to create student chapters across the country to advocate for financially inclusive education systems at the campus, state, and federal levels. 



Higher education is a right and should be accessible to all. 



To develop chapters that share our vision to advocate for financially inclusive education systems at the campus, state, and federal levels



Inclusion, Sustainability, and Allyship


Food, Housing, Health, Safety


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Campus Hunger Project

The #FUELHigherEd campaign is a part of the Campus Hunger Project, powered by Challah for Hunger. The Campus Hunger Project, which launched in 2016, is an advocacy training program for college students with the mission to build and train a movement of people to take action to end campus hunger. Our vision is that no college student has to choose between food and their education.

Students for Food Sovereignty 

Students for Food Sovereignty (SFS) is a national coalition of college students fighting for justice and autonomy in our campuses and beyond. In July 2020, SFS and SBNC began a partnership centered on our respective food-based initiatives to increase student involvement and expand available resources to both organizations. SBNC and SFS chapters are connected through the two organizations' leadership teams, working together to bring food sovereignty to their campuses. This includes combined efforts to cut the contract with the Big 3 foodservice suppliers and move to self-operated dining, among other community-based efforts.

Today's Students Coalition

The Today’s Students Coalition is a cross-cutting group of policy, advocacy, and membership organizations that have joined forces to push for urgently needed policy changes that will better serve today’s students. SBNC joined the TSC in early 2021.

Interested in Partnering?

Are you a campus, state, or national organization interested in partnering with the Student Basic Needs Coalition? Send us an email at with a brief description of your organization and we will get back to you ASAP!


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Cypress College



University of Delaware



Mercer University

Georgia College and State University



Purdue University



Lindsay Wilson



University of Minnesota


 New York 

Colgate University


 North Carolina 

Appalachian State University

North Carolina State



University of the Sciences

Drexel University

University of Pittsburg



University of Tennessee

Vanderbilt University


 West Virginia 

West Virginia University