Food and Basic Needs

Objectives

  • Increase the awareness of campus and community resources that can serve to address possible basic needs concerns.
  • Promote campus services, programs, and up-coming events centered on basic needs through strategic planning, partner collaboration, and marketing.
  • To provide students with more sustainable options to reduce food insecurities and address other basic needs.
  • Vel's Café

    Third-party vendor located at 555 College Ave., Student Union - Eagle Food Court, (900 Building), Lemoore, CA. They offer a variety of snacks, Starbucks Coffee, lunch items, and even a small selection of school supplies that include scantrons for your upcoming test. Vel's Cafe even offers catering services for in-house and community events. 

    Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

    For more information on Vel's Cafe, visit them on Facebook or contact the café by calling: (559) 925-3560.

  • Mobile Pantry Monthly Drive-Thru Food Distributions

    Partnered with the Central California Food Bank, we are fortunate to distribute 4,000 - 7,000 lbs of food every month to students, staff, and community members. The Monthly Drive-Thru Food Distributions are located at 555 College Ave., Parking Lot K, Lemoore, CA. Line begins to form at 8:00 a.m. No appointment necessary but drive-thru is first-come, first served. Distribution time varies, but typically runs from approx. 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Until supplies last. Don't have a car? Walk-up service is available, but MUST bring a cart or wagon to transport items.  Open to ANYONE who needs extra help getting food.

    Fall 2021 Distribution Dates: November 15 & December 13
    Spring 2022 Distribution Dates: January 24, February 28, March 21, April 25, & May 16

    To find additional food distributions near you, check out:


    Panera Bread Distribution

    Panera Bread of Visalia donates bakery bread that is distributed to students on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except holidays) from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. located at 555 College Ave., Student Union (900 Building), Lemoore, CA. No appointment necessary. First-come, first served. Until supplies last.

    Eagle Resiliency Pantry

    Upon referral from Financial Aid, WHCL students can be provided a grocery gift card that can help with 2-3 days' worth of basic groceries. Students will need to connect with our Financial Aid Office for eligibility at (559) 925-3310.

    Vel's Cafe Hot Meal Cards

    Upon referral from Financial Aid, WHCL students can be provided a meal card to the campus café, Vel's Cafe. Students will need to connect with our Financial Aid Office for eligibility at (559) 925-3310

    To access the food resources above, you can start at the Financial Aid office or contact the Coordinator of Student Support Programs and Engagement,  Amber Avitia at amberavitia@whccd.edu or (559)925-3704.

    Cal Fresh Application Assistance (Grocery Money)

    Cal Fresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. Eligible recipients receive and "spend" Cal Fresh benefits electronically, via personal Golden State Advantage electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that look just like any other credit or debit cards. To find out eligibility, complete and submit the Cal Fresh Application at Apply for California Food Stamps Online | GetCalFresh.org or contact Cal Fresh Outreach Coordinator, Christina Tran at (559) 237-3663 ext. 1120 or Central California Food Bank (ccfoodbank.org)

  • Transit (KART Passes and Gas Cards)

    WHCL Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) offers services such as KART Passes and Gas Cards. Student can complete the EOPS Application. Students will also need to connect with the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.  Please visit: EOPS | West Hills College Lemoore for more information. 

  • Kings County 211 offers information for short-term and long-term housing. Please visit: Housing Services — 211 Kings County for more information. 

  • Kings County 211 is one of our community partner invested in addressing food insecurities and connecting our students and community to various other resources. 

    Please visit: 
    211 Kings County, text 898211, or call 211 for information to food resources, housing, legal services, utilities, health, and other needs.

West Hills College Lemoore would like to express our gratitude to the local partnerships, sponsors, and for each generous donation helping us fight food insecurity in our community. We really appreciate you!

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