Meeting Basic Needs

United Way Bay Area works with multi-sector partners to provide individuals and families with support to afford and access food and healthcare.

Together, we can make an impact.

Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

The Need

Bay Area individuals and families struggle to afford and access basic needs like shelter, food and healthcare.

*4 in 10

More than 4 in 10 Bay Area residents experience material hardship over the year


A family of four (two working adults, one school-age child, one infant) would have to bring in $110,366 to make ends meet


Of Bay Area residents can’t pay their bills at least once during any given year


Of Bay Area residents live below the Real Cost Measure, the amount of income required to meet basic needs

Our Work

Our Basic Needs programs, partnerships, and policy work, support people in our community to meet their basic needs.

Our Impact


meals provided to those who are hungry in the Bay Area through our Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.


Santa Clara residents received help with basic needs like food, housing and financial education through the Emergency Assistance Network.


211 callers connected with essential community services to help them recover from crisis, find a local food pantry, or access rent help.

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