SBCC's food pantry with staff and students waiting to give out free food.

Basic Needs Programs

The Basic Needs Center is now loacted in ECC-14 (across from the Well) and houses the Food Pantry, Love's Clothing Closet, and the CalFresh Application Assistance Program.

About the Basic Needs Center

  • The Basic Needs Center has two locations on Main Campus the BNC is Located in ECC-14 (across from The Well) and at the Wake Center it is located in Room 22

SUMMER 23 Main Campus BNC hours are as follows

Monday 10-4, Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday 10-4pm, Thursday 10-4, Fridays Remote Services

Wake Campus BNC is currently under construction, new hours will be posted doon!

  • The mission of the SBCC Basic Needs Center is to eliminate food insecurity, hunger related stressors and support students with financial hardships by providing students and community members with access to no cost quality food, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies. We strive to build awareness about food insecurity, healthy nutrition, CalFresh, financial aid, and other resources in a dignified and helpful environment.
  • Emergency funds assist students in meeting financial needs as a result of an unexpected event or emergency. The purpose of this funds is to assist students in extenuating circumstances stay enrolled in college and progress toward graduation,

    Funds are limited and based on specific eligibility requirements. Due to the very high volume of application submission it may one to two weeks to process your request. You will be contacted as soon as possible regarding the status of your application and/or request. 

  • The BNC works in partnership with the Food Bank of Santa Barbara and the SB County Food Action Network Higher Education Basic Needs Impact Group to improve the nutritional health and food security of our campus community.
  • The SBCC Food Pantry is coordinated by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency.  For more information, or to schedule a CalFresh appointment please email or Roxane Byrne, Coordinator of Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency
  • Call the BNC at (805) 730-3067
  • Click here for important resources for students experiencing basic needs concerns

Support the Basic Needs Program

  • The SBCC Food Pantry is partially funded by a Grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments. 
  • The SBCC Food Pantry is also funded by the CCCCO Hunger Free Campus Initiative, the SBCC Foundation, and through generous donations from campus and community members.
  • Love's Clothing Closet has received generous support from the SBCC Foundation as well as campus and community donors.
  • If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the SBCC Basic Needs Program please click here:  To ensure the gift is directed to the SBCC Food Pantry please select Use my donation where it is needed most from the drop-down menu and type Basic Needs Center into the "Other Gift Instructions: section If you have any questions about donating to the SBCC Basic Needs Center please contact the SBCC Foundation at (805) 730-4401
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