Chico State Basic Needs Project

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

Are you facing food insecurity?

Your brain deserves great food to learn and be healthy.
Check out the Pantry!

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides supplemental food, healthy organic produce, quality meal access, CalFresh USDA SNAP, and MediCal benefit referrals for Chico State students, staff, alumni, and their dependents.

Stop by the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, Student Services Room 196 for supplemental food and more! Enter the Pantry via the SSC exterior doors located opposite the BMU loading dock on the Hazel Alley.

Map of Chico State campus with Pantry location

It’s easy to check in at the Pantry, bring your phone and ID number, it’s quick, simple and confidential, no-judgement process.


The Pantry strives to provide a wide assortment of nutritious, student-friendly food products. We specialize in the distribution of local, farm-direct, organic produce and foods. 

The Pantry also provides hygiene and kitchen items like toothbrushes, tampons, condoms, diapers, kitchenware and soap. 

Annually the Pantry distributes more than 50 tons of food to more than 4,000 students. Currently about half of the shelf stable food provided is strategically purchased through food bank and wholesale channels. The remaining is donated through the Chico Food Project, annual food drives, food rescue and direct donations. 

Organic and sustainably grown produce is purchased through the University Farm’s Organic Vegetable Project and other regional produce distributors.

Basic Needs Education and Outreach

Pantry tours, Pantry-to-Plate cooking classes, classroom presentations and lectures. Contact the Pantry, 530-88-4098, to schedule an educational visit or presentation.

CalFresh USDA SNAP Food Assistance - EBT

Did you know you may be eligible for a CalFresh EBT card? About half of Chico State students are eligible for CalFresh. Basic Needs Benefits Office access for on-the-spot CalFresh (USDA SNAP) food benefit application assistance through CalFresh Outreach.


The California State University 2018 research survey found that 50% of Chico State students experience low to very low food security.

Established in 2013 by Kathleen Moroney in her office, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry has grown to become one of the most active university food pantries in the United States. 

To date, through the generous support of students, faculty, staff, and community donors we have distributed healthy food to more than 35,000 students.

Thank you for your ongoing support!