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. 

Save the Date


VC Endless Summer Food Pantry Drive Thru Flyer


Next Drive-thru Pantry Event:  July 27, 2021

VC Main Campus (S. Campus Way):  11:00am-1:00pm

VC East Campus, Santa Paula (in parking lot): 4:00pm-6:00pm


On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Basic Needs Office and the Associated Students of Ventura College are partnering for a drive-thru food pantry to celebrate the Summer Semester.  Students will be able to receive groceries, VC Swag, and a free Lunch Meal from L&T Catering.   Supplies are limited and will be given out first come, first served, so come early!  Students must bring their Student ID number, remain in their car, and wear a mask while attending the event.


Students will need to RSVP by Friday, July 23, 2021, to attend this event. 


For information on our Summer drive-thru pantry events, please visit our Food Pantry page.

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