Basic Needs

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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 can help VC students.

The Basic Needs office 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 Office?


Basic Needs Drive Thru Food Pantry 

Save the Date

The COVID pandemic continues to place a financial strain on many individuals and families making it difficult to access food.  The Basic Needs Office wants to help students by holding a weekly drive thru food pantry.   

Students must bring their student ID.  Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.  


For a list of our Fall Semester Food Pantry dates, CLICK HERE.


For more information, please contact the Basic Needs Office at (805) 289-6583 or

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 CLICK HERE for our weekly drop-in Zoom sessions and receive one-on-one assistance.


CalFresh Application Assistance Available