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Basic Needs Center

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The Basic Needs Center addresses the gaps and concerns students have with accessing nutritious food, stable housing, and financial, physical, and mental wellness resources. We are committed to transforming dialogues surrounding the basic needs of students so they can focus on their academic success contributing to holistic well-being.


We strive to increase equitable access to food, housing, and financial, physical, and mental wellness resources for all students by breaking down barriers and transforming the Napa Valley College community.

Basic Needs Center Services

WiFi & Charging Station

Stop by our Basic Needs Center Student Lobby to charge up your devices with our courtesy charging station and access campus WiFi. 

Food Basket

Enrolled Napa Valley College students can pick up 2-3 bags of assorted groceries every 30 days at the NVC Student Food Basket in the Basic Needs Center. Please bring your student ID and/or proof of semester enrollment (ex: Canvas page).


Student Express Food Pantry 

Students can stop by the Student Express Food Pantry, or "Stormy Snacks," for a quick snack between classes. 

Student Basic Needs Cabinets

Students in need of personal materials and supplies may stop by the Basic Needs Center to pick up items as needed.

Items include: 

  • Hygiene products: soap, shampoo, deodorant, hair care, lotion, menstrual products, chapstick, nail files
  • Dental hygiene products: floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste 
  • Childcare products: diapers, baby wipes, formula 
  • First aid kits and bandaids 
  • School supplies: binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, Scantrons 
  • Cleaning supplies: disinfectant wipes, laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges
  • Gently used donated clothing items such as jackets, socks, and undershirts

CalFresh Support 

We provide students with support in applying for CalFresh. Learn more and access the NVC application link. Want more resources? Use our Library Guide created by the NVC Librarians. 

CalFresh Resources


Community Resources


Faculty Resources

Basic Needs Center Syllabus Statement  

We at NVC recognize the unique needs of all of our students and understand that not having basic needs met can impact students’ health and wellbeing. The Basic Needs Center strives to support all NVC students with equitable access to food, housing, and financial, physical, and mental wellness resources. 

Location: Room 1202 (below the Little Theater) & Phone Number: (707) 256-7347 
Spring 2024 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-5pm | Thursday & Friday 9am-3pm 

For our services, such as our monthly grocery program and express snacks, check out our Basic Needs Center website

To apply for CalFresh (federal food assistance program), the Basic Needs Center has CalFresh Outreach staff who are here to guide you through the application process. Apply using NVC’s link:


At the NVC Basic Needs Center, we are grateful for the support of our community members and campus partners. Support the NVC Basic Needs Center through a donation. 


The Basic Needs Center also accepts donations on site to help stock our Food Basket and Basic Needs Cabinet.

Donation items include:

  • Canned goods and shelf-stable foods that are nutrient dense
  • Unused/unopened hair care, skin care, period products, childcare products such as diapers and wipes, and oral hygiene items
  • School supplies such as notebooks, pens, highlighters, and index cards

Please call (707) 256-7347 for questions about donations or stop by Room 1202 during normal business hours. 

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