Chico State Basic Needs Project

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

Are you facing food insecurity? The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides supplemental food, quality meal access, CalFresh USDA SNAP food benefit application assistance and referrals for Chico State students.

Stop the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, Student Services 196 for supplemental food.

It’s a quick, simple and confidential process.


The Pantry strives to provide a wide assortment of healthy, student-friendly food products. We specialize in distributing local, farm-direct, organic produce and foods. The Pantry also provides basic needs and hygiene items.

Last academic year the Pantry distributed more than 35 tons of food to an estimated 4,000 students. Currently about two-thirds 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.

CalFresh Outreach

Through CalFresh Outreach, the Pantry provides on-the-spot CalFresh (USDA SNAP) food benefit application assistance. Sign up or learn more about CalFresh.


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, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry was founded on the simple belief that all students should have access to healthy food.

To date, through the generous support of students, faculty, staff and the community we have distributed healthy food to more than 6,500 students.

We operate by the simply motto: Take what you need, give what you can.