LAVC Helping Hands Supplemental Food Assistance

The LAVC Helping Hands Project has a limited amount of food/food cards available for distribution to eligible students who meet income and other requirements. LAVC students interested in monthly food distribution must complete an application. Resources are limited.

Click on the picture below to apply:


Apply for CalFresh Online !

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated. CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards.

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CalFresh application workshops will be held every Tuesday during the Spring 2022 semester from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Click below for the zoom link:

Visit CalFresh for more details.

Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center

In collaboration with CalWORKs and the Family Resource Center, the Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center at Los Angeles Valley College is now offering an expansion of basic needs services that includes support for food, housing, technology, financial, transportation, personal hygiene, childcare, mental, physical, medical resources, and any related needs.

If you are a student in need at Los Angeles Valley College and would like to get connected to campus and community based resources, please fill out the submission form below.

More information about the Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center can be found here:

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211 is a free information and referral service that connects people to health and human services in their community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For 211 information access via web, visit

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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.

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Call National Hunger Hotline

Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1 (866) 348-6479, Mondays to Fridays, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST for help locating local feeding sites, food banks, or food pantries.

The People’s Guide gives practical information about how to get food, money, housing, health care and other help from government programs and community services.

People's Guide in English

    People's Guide in Spanish


    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)

    Office Location

    ACA 1101.