About Replenish Basic Needs Center
Formerly known as Replenish, Replenish Basic Needs Center provides a client choice food resource model allowing students to choose for themselves what products or services they may need at that time perishable and non-perishable food items, clothing, personal care items, household items, infant/child items, and school supplies. We also assist with intercampus and community referrals related to housing, physical and mental health services, and employment. Replenish also provides Laker Meal Share Dining program, Emergency dining cards, and University Laptop Loan program (short-term and semester loans).
We recognize that basic needs must be approached in a holistic manner, and may include health/medical care, technology, employment, and transportation needs in addition to our core ecosystem. We recognize that basic needs are an ecosystem of necessities and include things beyond the range of these areas.
All enrolled students including undergraduate, graduate, international and undocumented students are WELCOME to access the Replenish Basic Needs Center resources and services. The resource is open to Grand Valley students three times a month. With no existing income guidelines or requirements, all that students are asked to provide is a current GVSU student ID or G-number. We currently serve students in three locations (Allendale, Downtown Pew Campus, and Cook DeVos Health Campus). *Please not expanded services are offered at the Allendale location and perishable items are only available at this time at (Allendale and Cook DeVos Health Campus).
The Grand Valley State University, Replenish Basic Needs Center is a physical and virtual space that supports and promotes equitable access and success for all learners. By offering free basic needs items while connecting students to essential services, Replenish helps students meet the short-term challenges of accessing basic needs, while also building and advocating for long-term support services to address these needs. All while using a holistic and social justice approach.
We envision an equitable and inclusive campus where all students have access to the resources and necessary support needed to not only survive but to thrive.
- We define basic needs as an ecosystem that includes food security, housing security, financial stability, health/medical care, technology, employment, and transportation needs in addition other essential needs.
- We understand that basic needs work must be inclusive of all identities and committed to other forms of intersectional justice work, specifically gender justice work as poverty disproportionately affects women.
- We recognize that higher education was not designed for those historically excluded from higher education, and as such, basic needs work is grounded in the principles of social justice work and must be approached in a holistic manner.
- We recognize that this work must be done in community and in order to liberate our students from systemic oppression we must also work in solidarity with our local and global community.
- We use an asset based framework that rejects seeing students by their deficits and seeks to honor their contributions to our community rather than viewing these students as a problem to be solved.