Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

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The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides nutritious food, CalFresh food program assistance and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity (those not having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food).

Who is Eligible?
If you are a Chico State undergraduate or graduate student who is experiencing food insecurity, then you are eligible to use the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.

How Does it Work?
Stop by a HWF Pantry location to pick up supplemental food. It’s a quick, simple and confidential process.

The Pantry can supply you with supplemental dry and canned foods, organic fruit and vegetables, OVP Veggie Bucks, CalFresh food program assistance, nutrition education, and additional referrals so you can take advantage of benefits.

The Pantry is operated in a safe, confidential zone, without judgment, by the honor system, without validation of need. There are no restrictions on how many times you can use the Pantry or its services.  Please visit us!

Pantry Locations and Hours of Service

  1. Student Affairs, Kendall Hall, Room 110, Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 4 PM.
  2. Center for Healthy Communities, CalFresh Outreach Office, 25 Main Street, Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM

Call the Pantry: 530-898-6131

Food Secure? You Want to Help?
Students, staff, faculty and community members have been incredibly generous in contributing to the Pantry’s success. Thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts!
Here are a few ways you can help:

Food Donations
The Pantry strives to provide high quality, nutritious and diverse food items. We are currently in need of:

  • Bags of fruit: apples, oranges, mandarins, and bananas
  • Canned chicken or fish
  • Canned fruit
  • Nuts
  • Health bars
  • Soy milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit spread
  • Spices
  • Canned (refried, garbanzos, black) and dry beans
  • Dry lentils
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce

Please think “nutrition” before you give as highly processed, high-sugar, low-quality or outdated food stuffs can do more harm than good.  Please consider our sustainable values by purchasing locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables.

You can donate food and produce directly to a Pantry location or the food donation barrels located at the Student Services Center Lobby area and the first floor of Kendall Hall on campus. The Pantry is also currently receiving food through the generous support of the Chico Food Project. tje Associated Students Sustainability SFAC Fund, and the GRUB Glean Team.

The Pantry also distributes some small hygiene items.

The Pantry is currently staffed with student interns. At times volunteers are needed to help with Pantry projects. If you or your class is interested in helping the Pantry with fundraising, food donations or donated time, please contact the Pantry.

Charitable Contributions

Like most charities, the most efficient gift the Pantry can receive is your charitable contribution. The Pantry is dedicated to developing into a self-sufficient, sustainable, charitable organization. Charitable donations will go to the purchase of nutritious food, support the Veggie Buck Program (organic vegetables direct from the University Farm) and expand our services.

Please use the “Donate Now” button on this page to make your tax deductible contribution or a sustaining payroll deduction online. If you would like to send a check, please make it out to “University Foundation” and include “Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry” in the memo line. Send your check to Kathleen Moroney, Chico State Student Affairs, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA, 95929-0125. Thank you!

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry is part of the Chico State Basic Needs Project
The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry is managed through a partnership between The Office of Student Affairs and the Center for Healthy Communities and is the mainspring of the Basic Needs Project.

The Chico State Basic Needs Project is a collaborative effort of campus and community-based programs with the goal to improve student success through the provision of supplemental food, nutritious meals, government-funded food benefits, research-based education and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity, hunger, displacement, homelessness and poverty.

Current programs and initiatives include the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, on campus CalFresh food program assistance, Organic Vegetable Project Veggie Buck Program, free healthy meal access, faculty and student research, nutrition education and additional student poverty eradication efforts.

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