Basic Needs Task Force

The Basic needs Task Force (BNTF) is dedicated to serving students by supporting efforts to decrease food insecurity and housing insecurity on campus through a variety of methods, including: advocacy, coalition building, and policymaking.   

BNTF's advocacy includes working University of Minnesota administration, Boynton Health, MDining, and any other institutional structure that may impact students' basic needs. In addition, the Basic Needs Task Force is focused on advocacy for students to university administration, local, state, and federal government.


With a specific focus on equity, BNTF encourages and welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, and encourages diverse representation and participation. 


Below is a non-exhaustive list of the Basic Needs Task Force's advocacy initiatives.

  • Fight for $15

  • Expand and market Emergency Access Grants to all colleges

  • Replacing "Safety Net" programs, such as Nutritious U, with longterm solutions

  • Landlord flexibility on lease terms (COVID - related) 

  • Inclusionary Zoning​

  • Advocating for more housing similar to The Chateau

  • East Gateway Expansion​

  • New apartment/condo/townhome development affordability

  • COVID-19 Relief Funds

  • College Affordability

  • Open Educational Resources

  • SNAP Eligibility

Current Projects

Coming Soon


Basic Needs Task Force Resource Team Drop-In Hours: 

Coming Soon

Minnesota Student Association 

300 Washington Avenue S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455