Formerly known as the Food for Thought Pantry, the Basic Needs Center (BaNC) is a one-stop locale providing free food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and assistance with housing and social services coordinated through community providers.

All currently-enrolled students qualify for services through the BaNC​


  • Food – grab-and-go snack items, single serve items, beverages (water, sports drinks) and canned good groceries
  • Clothing – including seasonal clothing & business attire for interviews
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Shower kits (for homeless student use for on campus showers)
  • On-site microwave for heating food items
  • Occasional specialty items (e.g. diapers)
  • CalFRESH sign-up assistance
  • MediCal sign-up assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Community resource referrals


Valencia Campus - Student Center, Room 123B

Canyon Country Campus - Room 202A


** Hours Subject to Change 

Valencia Campus

Monday-Thursday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday 10:30 am - 1 pm

Students can visit CHCS-208 if BaNC is closed for assistance

Canyon Country Campus

Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm


(661) 362-3261


Social Media

instagram @coc_banc





Cal Fresh 

    • Check if you are eligible with the pre-screening tool
    • Documents you will need to provide
      • Copy of ID 
      • Proof of student status
      • Proof of income and/or expenses
      • More information may be requested depending on application answers
    • Next steps once you submit your application
      • You will receive a phone interview that will last anywhere from 30-60 minutes within 2 weeks after the completion of application
      • Please provide an accurate phone number for contact!
    • Application links

    Get started today! The application only takes about 10 minutes.

Make a "BaNC" Deposit

Food Donation Suggestions

  • Nuts/Seeds/Trail Mix (individual packs)
  • Unsweetened applesauce, pudding (individual cups)
  • Whole grain granola bars (Individual bars)
  • Individually wrapped beef jerky sticks
  • Instant oatmeal (individual cups)
  • Crackers (Individual packets)
  • Pull top canned fruit in water or juice (not syrup)
  • Preserved fruit (individual cups)
  • Individual boxes of cereals (under 7 grams of sugar at least 3 grams of fiber)
  • Individual bags of chips/Chex-Mix/ Pretzels, etc.
  • Sports drinks 
  • Bottled Water  
  • Single serve, microwavable meals
  • Pull top canned tuna, chicken, etc.
  • Instant low-sodium soups (pull tops)
  • Mac N' Cheese
  • Ravioli/Lasagna/Beef Ravioli/Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Ramen
  • Canned vegetables, soups, chili, etc. (pull tops preferred)

Become a shareholder.  INVEST IN THE BaNC!

Instructions for cash donations

  1. Complete online form
  2. In the Donation Designation section of the online form, select "Other" in the drop-down box on the "Direct My Donations To" line
  3. Type "BaNC" in the box on the "Other Donation" line
  4. Complete all other fields that apply
  5. Submit

COC Employee Payroll Deduction

College of the Canyons employees can make monthly or one-time donation to the BaNC.  Request a payroll deduction form via email