About Replenish Basic Needs Center

The Grand Valley State University's  Replenish Basic Needs Center provides a comprehensive client choice food resource model, allowing students to select the products and services they need. The center offers perishable and non-perishable food items, clothing, personal care products, household items, infant and child necessities, and school supplies. Additionally, Replenish assists with intercampus and community referrals for housing, physical and mental health services, and employment opportunities.

Replenish supports students through several programs, including the Laker Meal Share Dining program, emergency dining cards, and a University Laptop Loan program, which offers both short-term and semester-long loans.

The center adopts a holistic approach to addressing basic needs, recognizing that these extend beyond food and clothing to encompass health and medical care, technology, employment, and transportation. This ecosystem of necessities ensures comprehensive support for students.

All enrolled students, including undergraduate, graduate, international, and undocumented students, are welcome to access Replenish Basic Needs Center resources and services. Students may visit the center three times per month, and there are no income guidelines or requirements; the only requirement is to present a current GVSU student ID or G-number.

Replenish operates at three locations: Allendale, Downtown Pew Campus, and Cook DeVos Health Campus. Expanded services are available at the Allendale location, with perishable items accessible at both the Allendale and Cook DeVos Health Campus locations.


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.


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