Chico State Basic Needs Project

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

Are you facing food insecurity?
Did you know that half of Chico State students face low to very low food security?

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

Who is the Pantry for?

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry is open to Chico State students and staff facing food insecurity.

How do you Access the Pantry?

You will need your student or staff ID number and your phone to scan in at the Pantry. If you don't have a ID number or phone, check in with staff at the Pantry. 

Visit the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, Student Services Center, 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 60 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 sustainable grown produce is purchased through the University Farm’s Organic Vegetable Project and other regional produce distributors.

Basic Needs Education and Outreach

Pantry tours, mobile pop-up pantries, Pantry-to-Plate cooking classes, classroom presentations and lectures. Contact the Pantry, 530-898-4098 or 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 40,000 students.

Thank you for your ongoing support!