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 50 tons of food and supported the basic needs of more than 4,000 students. This year we will house 50 students struggling with homelessness and will continue to assist those escaping climate fires and disasters.

You can help!

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.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

Monetary Investments and Donations

By Credit Card, Online: please visit our secure web page for your online donations.

By Check: you can contribute by check made out to the "University Foundation" with Basic Needs in the memo line. Mail to: Chico State Basic Needs, 400 West First Street, Chico CA 95929-0105.

Please include a note if you would like your gift guided a particular way (e.g., to purchase organic produce or support for students who are homeless). Also please let us know if you would like a tour of the Pantry! We love meeting our supporters and discussing our opportunities!

(For your accounting: University Foundation EIN #95-1230865)

Chico Cares Campaign-50% students are food insecure

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

Call the Pantry, 530-898-4098 during business hours to coordinate donation drop offs. Thank you!

Donate to the Food Pantry from our Amazon Wish List:

Amazon wish list


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 Leah Slem,

Each semester we accept 4-5 CAVE volunteers. If interested their volunteer application opens the first day of each semester. For more information visit the CAVE website.

Student grabbing bread in the pantry