Free Food Resources

You don't have to go hungry. Use these local and state food resources to get what you need today.

Pleasant Hill Campus Food Pantry

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.

San Ramon Campus Food Program 

Students currently enrolled at the San Ramon campus may apply for SRC's Food Program.

  • 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 San Ramon Student Services.
Free Produce Market at DVC Pleasant Hill Campus

Free Produce Market at Pleasant Hill Campus
Student Union Commons in front of the Student Union Building 12-3 pm
February 29th and April 11th

Fresh Success program at DVC

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).

For more information, submit this eligibility form and a Fresh Success team member will contact you within two business days.

Local resources

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Ave, Concord, CA 94520
Hours: Open 7am ⋅ Closes 7pm
Phone: 925-676-7543

Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621
Hours: Monday–Friday Open 9am Closes 5pm
Phone: 510-335-3663
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.

Free community resources
Statistics about your community

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.