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

Signing up for the Pantry is easy, it’s a quick, simple and confidential process.
Bring your ID card and your re-usable bag.


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 hygiene and kitchen items.

This academic year the Pantry will distribute more than 50 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 20,000 students.

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

Thank you for your ongoing support!