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The LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry accepts online monetary donations through the LAVC Foundation.

Donate online now to the LAVC Foundation

(Select the "Helping Hands Project" Fund)



LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry

Quick Links


To find a Food Pantry in your area, visit the Los Angeles Food Bank locator webpage

To download an app to locate grab and go food centers, visit CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application website.  

Call National Hunger Hotline 

Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm EST for help locating local feeding sites, food banks, or food pantries. 


211 is a vital service that connects people to assistance in the community. 


Hunger-Free Campus / Helping Hands Food Pantry 

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has launched its Hunger-Free Campus Initiative with the goal to help support students on campus who are hungry and/or food insecure.

California State Legislature approved funding to provide services that address food security of students pursuant to SB 85. The goal of this "hunger free campus" initiative is to:


For general information, contact:
Emily Mutanda


CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Assistance in applying for CalFresh is available, email Souhaila or call (818) 947-2976.  

LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry

LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry distributes food twice a week to needy students and staff members. Working with the non-profit Food Forward, it is able to distribute surplus fresh foods and vegetables from local farmers markets. It also distributes donations of non-perishable food from the campus community and the public.

The Food Pantry is located in the Buffet room in Campus Center. Food distribution takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday* from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (while supplies last) in the Campus Center's Monarch Patio.

It is open to all students and staff at LA Valley College. All participants must provide identification. 

The LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry also has a representative available to help students apply for the CalFresh program, a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods.