Chico State Basic Needs Project

Get Involved

The Basic Needs Project is powered by you! 

Since the opening of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry in 2013, thousands have stepped up and taken action to support Chico State students’ basic needs and their future success.

Together in the last year, through the generous support of our business partners, farmers, food banks, community agencies, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and generous individual donors we have distributed more than 35 tons of food and supported the basic needs of more than 4,000 students.

There are three ways you can help!

Join the Chico Cares Campaign(opens in new window)

Chico Cares is an annual fundraising campaign for the Chico State Basic Needs Project. Your contribution will help us continue to expand our provision of nutritious food, short-term emergency housing, and emergency grants for students in need.

Chico Cares Campaign- 8,000 Chico State students suffer from low to very low food security. $20 provides 120 cans of Chicken soup, $50 provides 75lbs of local quality apples, $100 provides 15 hot meals for hungry students, $200 provides 1 week of emergency housing for hungry students, $1,500 sponsors 1 intern in a program for one semester. Learn more at

Donate Food and Hygiene Products

We are currently in need of:

  • PRODUCE (purchased or pesticide free garden/fruit tree harvest): apples, oranges, mandarins, and bananas
  • HYGIENE PRODUCTS: tampons, pads, liners, soaps, toothpaste, dental floss, tooth brushes, shampoos, baby food and diapers.
  • CANNED PROTEIN: chicken or fish, canned black and refried beans
  • HEALTHY SNACKS: protein bars, nuts, dried fruit


If you, your class or organization would like to volunteer, host a food drive or support the outreach of the Basic Needs Project please contact Joe Picard,

student getting involved in the Hungry Wildcat Pantry