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Student Resources

Food Resources

Greater Chico Area

If qualified, it may take up to 30 days to receive CalFresh benefits. In the mean time, there are food resources available to you on and off campus.

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry is open to all Chico State students, staff, and faculty. Drop by the Wildcat Food Pantry next time you’re on campus and follow the Pantry team on Instagram and X (Formerly Twitter).

The Chico State Basic Needs Initiative seeks to ensure that all students have access to the resources needed to focus on education and success at Chico State.

After Event Texts are Associated Students Dining Services text alert system that keeps you in the loop on all free food opportunities on campus. When free food or leftovers from an event (AS or otherwise) is available, the Associated Students will alert you of where and what items are available.

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Access weekly listings of food resources in Butte and adjacent counties.

Other Food Resources

California Association of Food Banks

The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) secures excess produce from California’s fields and delivers it to food banks throughout the state.


For Food Pantries throughout America. FoodFinder is a food pantry locator and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shows you when and where to get free food assistance in your area.

Can I use my EBT card on campus?

Free Student Resource Guide!

Wondering where to grab a quick bite on campus? How about where to use your EBT card? Maybe you’re looking for a new trail to get your morning run in? Download a free copy of our Student Resource Guide for info on and off campus!

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Farmers' Markets

Check out Farmers' Markets in the greater Chico area for fresh food that you can buy with your CalFresh EBT card!


Find What’s in Season at the Chico Farmers’ Market.


Match your EBT/Food Stamp dollars with Market Match! It's free and who doesn't love extra fruits & veggies in their fridge!

Stop by! Walk-Ins Are Welcome!

Basic Needs Center, SSC 190A

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Basic Needs Center, SSC 190A

Monday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Friday Closed

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