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The iTable Basic Needs Program is an International Services and Engagement Office (ISEO) program run in partnership with UC San Diego’s The Hub Basic Needs Center, with generous sponsorship from the UC San Diego Basic Needs Committee. This program specifically serves the unique needs of our international student population by providing them with immediate food security resources that are otherwise not available via other means (for example, CalFresh). 

Due to the nature of iTable funding, this student service is intended to address short-term, emergency needs, and is not equipped to provide long-term support. iTable applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and if additional needs are identified, student cases will be elevated to connect with other potential resources to address sustainability concerns.


  • In general, to be eligible to receive support through the iTable Basic Needs Program, students must be:
    • Currently enrolled at UC San Diego as their home campus; and
    • An international student in a non-immigrant visa status, such as F-1 or J-1.
    • iTable support is intended for short-term, emergency needs. Long term, continuous support is unable to be supported by the program. See 'iTable Application Review Process' for further information.


  • Individuals who are not in a non-immigrant status are eligible for additional financial resources via The Hub Basic Needs Center.
  • UC San Diego Extended Studies students are not eligible. Please contact for assistance.
  • SDSU Joint Doctoral Program students whose I-20 documents are issued by SDSU are not eligible. Please contact SDSU's International Student Center for assistance.

NOTE: iTable services are dedicated specifically to international students and are not considered a public charge (this is not direct aid or a cash assistance program).

iTable Form (currently closed for Fall 2023)

Due to overwhelming demand, the iTable program has had to be paused for the remainder of fall quarter 2023. It will reopen in early winter quarter 2024. In the meantime, we urge students to make use of the additional resources listed below.


This form may be used to apply for food security relief / resources in the form of grocery e-cards that are e-mailed to applicant. It may be used to refer yourself or another individual (must be a currently enrolled UC San Diego student) who is experiencing, emergency, short-term financial hardship.

The answers you provide on this form will help us understand your financial need and connect you with available resources, so please answer as openly and honestly as possible. 


iTable Application Review Process

Due to the nature of iTable funding, this student service is intended to address short-term, emergency needs, and is not equipped to provide long-term support. 

The iTable team reviews each application that is submitted, and we must prioritize certain applications each quarter to ensure equitable access to all.

  • Beginning of quarter: iTable application opens for one week to first-time applicants only (those who have not applied in that academic year yet). Applications are reviewed daily and e-cards are distributed daily.
  • Second week of quarter - end of quarter: iTable application opens to second- and third-time applicants (those who have applied once or twice already and have received iTable services in that academic year).
    • Second-time applicants: invitation to speak to a Student Affairs Case Management team member is emailed to allow applicant to learn about additional financial resources on and off campus, and to assess larger sustainability concerns. Funds are only distributed after this meeting.
    • Third-time applicants: invitation to elaborate more on recent/continuing financial issues is requested by iTable team to review. These are reviewed on a weekly basis to assess ongoing need and possible support. Funding for third-quarter applicants is not guaranteed due to constraints of iTable funds, and we encourage applicants to consider other forms of support (below).


Additional Campus Resources for Food & Housing Insecurity Needs