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


Student Center, Room 123B
Valencia Campus

(The front entrance is the exterior door to STCN-123 located on the west side of the Student Center, facing the interior of the College)


Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-2:00pm 

(Contact Brenda Clarke during non BaNC hours)


(661) 362-3261

Make a "BaNC" Deposit

Food Donation Suggestions

Grab and Go Items

  • 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)
  • Individual dried fruit packets/rolls
  • 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)
  • Instant oatmeal (individual cups)
  • 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