Basic Needs

In response to COVID-19, the Basic Needs Office is closed to all in-person visits. Students can access our services through our website, by phone, or email.  

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Welcome to the VC Basic Needs Office!

Our mission is to provide students with the support programs and resources necessary to meet their basic needs, so students can focus on their academic success.  Ventura College is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters compassion and respect, welcomes diversity and supports students in various circumstances, including students experiencing housing and food insecurities.  

What are Basic Needs?

Basic Needs refers to the food, stable housing, and wellness security of our students at Ventura College as well as community members. We have created support programs and resources that can assist our students in meeting their basic needs and promoting their academic success. Basic needs security has been shown to have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, wellness, academic performance, professional development, and holistic success of our students. The Ventura College Basic Needs Office looks to increase accessibility to food, housing, mental wellness along with financial resources.  

How we help VC students.

Complete the Student Interest Form and tell us what services you want more information about.  One of our staff will reach out to you with help. 

NEW!!!  The CalFresh student eligibility has been adjusted making it easier for more students to apply.

More students are now eligible to take advantage of $234 a month in grocery food cards.  Students with spouses or children may be eligible for more! 

Need help applying for CalFresh?  CLICK HERE for Zoom sessions and to receive one-on-one assistance.

CalFresh Application Assistance Available

Visit our Food Pantry page for information on upcoming drive-thru pantry events.


staff helping at pantry event


Food Pantry Event hosted by Basic Needs Office