Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry
You can make a difference in a student’s life!
Your donation will help expand our services.
Thank you, Chico Bag!
Joe Picard, Cassundra Saulan and Maria Ramos hold a few of the more than 200 sustainable bags recently donated by Chico Bag. These reusable bags will allow students to easily transport their groceries, and be environmentally conscious for the next visit!
Pack the Pantry!
Thank you to Professor Nevarez and the wonderful students in the Health and Community Services 471 class for the "Pack the Pantry" food drive! This wonderful class created videos to help us spread the word about the Pantry and its role on campus. Please check these out:
The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides nutritious food, food program assistance support 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 vegetables through OVP Veggie Bucks, CalFresh food program assistance, nutrition education, and additional referrals so you can take advantage of other student 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.
Pantry Locations and Hours of Service
- Student Affairs, Kendall Hall, Room 110, Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 4 PM.
- 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:
The Pantry strives to provide high quality, nutritious and diverse food items. We are currently in need of:
- Canned chicken or fish
- Canned fruit
- Health bars
- Soy milk
- Peanut butter
- Fruit spread
- Canned (refried, garbanzos, black) and dry beans
- Dry lentils
- 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.
You can donate non-perishable food 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. (If you donate to the Chico Food Project, you donate to us!)
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 at 530-898-6131.
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 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 Food Security 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 Chico State Food Security Project.
The Chico State Food Security Project is a collaborative effort of campus-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 single-point-of-contact referral services for students experiencing food insecurity, hunger 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 vouchers, faculty research and education.