Free Food Resources
You don't have to go hungry. Use these local and state food resources to get what you need today.
We know that a number of Diablo Valley College students face serious financial challenges and are food insecure. To help alleviate food insecurities, DVC opened a campus food pantry in 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Campus.
- At the food pantry, students are not asked to demonstrate need.
- They can access pantry food twice a week.
- Food pantry questions can be emailed to Dietra Prater-Slack, Food Pantry Program Assistant.
- Learn more about DVC's Food Pantry and other local, community food resources.
- Students learn to access off-campus community food resources.
- Students in need can discuss food challenges with SRC counselor, Carolyn Warren.
- Students can talk about financial issues with Financial Aid Scholarship Program Specialist, Shari Keller.
- San Ramon developed a Community Resource Guide to help direct students to off-campus basic needs services. Services include off campus emergency food resources and homeless shelters available in Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton and Livermore communities.
- For questions about student support services, check out campus resources at SRC’s Student Services.
Free Produce Market at Pleasant Hill Campus
Student Union Commons
Dates and time: TBD
Student Union Commons
In spring 2020, The Food Pantry piloted a free produce market. It offered students a variety of free, fresh produce.
Fresh Success at Diablo Valley College
The Fresh Success program at Diablo Valley College is operated in partnership with Rubicon Programs. It serves students who are:
- eligible for Cal-Fresh benefits in Contra Costa County,
- enrolled in at least one eligible course (Career Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or basic skills), and
- not enrolled in CalWORKs (you may qualify if you receive child-only benefits).
Fresh Success services include:
- individual coaching and support,
- textbook and course supplies assistance, and
- monthly allowance for remote learning expenses (phone and internet).
Contact LaReese Stitts-Hunt, the Fresh Success Coach, for more information.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Ave, Concord, CA 94520
Hours: Open 7am ⋅ Closes 7pm
Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621
Hours: Monday–Friday Open 9am Closes 5pm
Emergency Food Helpline: 1-800-870-Food
Hours: Monday–Friday Open 9am Closes 4pm
In Contra Costa County you can apply for CalFresh in several different ways. Learn how to apply.
If you are without money for food, you may qualify for emergency CalFresh benefits. Expedited Services will provide eligible households CalFresh benefits by the third calendar day following their application date. A weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is considered one calendar day.
For questions and assistance, please call the 24 hour toll free information line: 877-505-4630
Contra Costa County Certified Farmers' Markets
Certified Farmers' Markets (CFMs) were created by "direct marketing" legislation to support California farmers. By facilitating direct marketing, producers can sell what they grow directly to the public. Unlike other states, in order to sell agricultural products at a Certified Farmers' Market, those commodities must be grown by the producer selling at the market. Direct marketing is intended to support farms of all sizes by allowing them an additional means of selling their produce directly from farm to table.
Get information on the locations and hours of Contra Costa County's Certified Farmers' Markets.
- All food bank programs remain open. Read the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Need Food Flyers for more information.
- Leila by the Bay is open to the public
Loaves and Fishes hours are 11am - 12:45pm; serving at four locations throughout Contra Costa County - Oakley, Antioch, Martinez and Pittsburg. They are serving a hot "to-go" meal and a bag of groceries. The groceries vary pending on our donations.
AuntBertha - Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
Also, students can always call 211 to get referrals to other nearby pantries as well as other services.
CalFresh - A federal nutrition program helping people with low incomes buy more food and improve their diets.
USDA - Food Safety Education and Fact Sheets with information about food product dating.
Did you know that DVC has a Community Dental Clinic with reduced rates?
Affordable 7-day Menu coming soon
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- Holiday food distribution locations
In Contra Costa County, approximately twenty-six percent of adults and children experience food insecurities and regularly require supplemental food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.”
According to the 2018-2019 HOPE Study, forty-one percent of Diablo Valley College students experience low or very low levels of food security. Food insecurities affect students’ ability to concentrate and focus on their academic studies. Students also struggle to balance proper nutrition with paying college tuition.