Basic Needs


The Basic Needs Center is open for in-person and online assistance.   

We are here and ready to help you!


Welcome to the VC Basic Needs Center!

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 Center looks to increase accessibility to food, housing, mental wellness along with financial resources.  

How we can help VC students.

We offer both in person and online services to all Ventura College students!

The Basic Needs Center assists students with CalFresh applications, food insecurity, housing referrals, transportation assistance, and referrals to other campus services.  For more information, visit Our Services or complete the Student Interest Form and one of our staff will reach out to you with help. 

What's new in the Basic Needs Center?


Basic Needs Office Logo

NEW!!! Online Video Chat is Available!

Have a questions or looking for help with one of our services?  Click the link below and get online assistance through a Zoom breakout room.   Drop in during these dates and hours and receive assistance with CalFresh applications, housing referrals, and any of our other services.

Video Chat




Video Chat




Video Chat




Our Zoom Video Chat sessions are set up with a waiting room.  When you join, you will first be placed in a waiting room.  When a Basic Needs staff member is ready to assist you, you will be let into the break-out room for one-on-one assistance.   If you have not been helped within 10 minutes, please call the Basic Needs Center at (805) 289-6583.


VC's Next Food Pantry Drive-Thru Event:


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

VC Main Campus - 10:00am-12:00pm

Central Campus Way by Guthrie Hall and the Gym


Sign in front of blue sky howing Basic Needs dates, times, and locations

Student in attendance will receive pre-packaged bags of groceries, essential supplies, and a FREE hot meal from the L&T Food Truck.  

No RSVP necessary.  Students must bring their student ID.  Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.  


For more information, please contact the Basic Needs Center at

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?  Come by our office or join one of our video chat sessions and receive one-on-one assistance.


CalFresh Application Assistance Available