Basic Needs

Over the last decade, college and university leadership, staff, and faculty have increasingly recognized the urgency of student basic needs.


Basic needs include a student’s essential requirements for health and well-being that must be met in order for them to succeed in college. When students cannot meet their basic needs, it is often (although not always) because they are experiencing short- or long-term financial instability. Examples of basic needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Sufficient food
  • Adequate and stable housing
  • Appropriate physical, mental, and/or behavioral health care
  • Ability to pay essential bills
  • Transportation to school and employment
  • Safe spaces in which to sleep, relax, and study
  • Access to showers and other hygiene necessities
  • Ability to provide these needs for their children or others for whom they are the primary caregiver

Students who cannot meet their basic needs often cope with these challenges by dropping classes, working more hours, or skipping semesters, all of which puts them at risk for dropping out or not transferring (Dubick et al., 2016; Sackett et al., 2016; Chaplot et al., 2015).


Much of the research on basic needs among college students has focused on hunger and homelessness, and researchers have found that rates of food and housing insecurity are much higher than previously believed—especially in two-year institutions. Food and housing insecurity can create a cognitive, physical, and financial burden that interferes with students’ ability to learn, to achieve a high GPA, or even to remain in college and to learn (PattónLopez et al., 2014; Maroto et al., 2014).


Porterville College is committed to our student and community needs and looks forward to assisting with students’ educational needs on the path to success.


Interest Form


Location: FIT-722 Basic Needs Center/Pirate Pantry

Phone: 559-791-2281

Monday - 8:30am - 11:30am
Tuesday - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 11:30am

Homeless Students

Showering Facility, AB 1995

Homeless students may use the PC locker room showers Monday-Friday 8:00am - 10:00am *Check-in required AC-103 Financial Aid office*


  • Must be enrolled in 1 unit
  • Has paid enrollment fees
  • In good standing with the CCD
    • Hygiene and showering necessities available upon check-in
    • Walking or Appointment Options Available
    • Interest Form

Community Hot Meal Opportunities

  • Helping Hand of Porterville- 135 E Olive Ave, Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 854-7008
    Open: Monday 8:00am-1:00pm
    Tuesday 8:00am-1:00pm
    Wednesday 8:00am-1:00pm
    Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm
  • St. Anne’s Food Pantry- 271 S Wallace St, Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 783-8018
    Open: Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am
    Thursday 8:30am-11:30am
  • Stannes Parish Food Pantry


  • Temporary Housing Opportunities
    Family Crisis Center - 211 N Main St, Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 781-7462
    Office Hours: Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Evening Shelter Opportunities
    Turning Point, Porterville Welcome Center - 140 S. C St. Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 334-6410
    Open: Monday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
    Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Resource Opportunities

  • Porterville Rescue Mission - 30 South A Street, Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 350-9002
    Open: Monday 6:00am-5:30pm
    Tuesday 6:00am-5:30pm
    Wednesday 6:00am-5:30pm
    Thursday 6:00am-5:30pm
    Friday 6:00am-5:30pm
    Saturday 7:00am-5:30pm
    Sunday 7:00am-5:30pm
  • Wellness Center - 333 W Henderson Ave #1732, Porterville, CA 93257
    Phone (559) 570-5000
    Office Hours: Monday 8:30 - 5:00pm
    Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm

Transportation – Porterville City Transit Pass Opportunity

  • PC helps students get to and from campus by providing them with a transit pass. Transit passes are available in the Financial Aid Office AC-103.
  • Eligibility- Must be a student to get a pass
  • Interest Form

Student ID Cards

  • Create your Student ID on the PC website for FREE (Fall 2022)
  • Go to the Student ID request page to begin the process.

CalFresh Application Assistance

  • Application Assistance Workshops:
    • Computer Commons A
    • September 7th, 2022 10:00am-11:00am
    • October 5th,2022 11:00am-12:00pm
    • November 7th, 2022 11:00am-12:00pm
    • February 6th, 2023 11:00am-12:00pm
    • March 8th, 2023 1:00pm-2:00pm
    • April 12th, 2023 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Contact Information
  • Complete Interest Form

    Pirate Food Pantry

    • The Pirate Pantry hosted its grand reopening Spring of 2022, in its new location FIT-722. The location mimics a small grocery store atmosphere where students are able to select the items of their choice with their shopping basket and have them bagged upon departure. Shopping in the Pirate Pantry is welcomed on a weekly routine for enrolled students with a current Pirate Student ID Card.
    • Too busy with classes? Need us to shop for you? Let us know what you need and pick up from the Financial Aid office. Complete the Interest Form.
    • Financial Aid Food Pantry Page

    Neighborhood Market

    Neighborhood Market
    • Financial Aid Food Pantry
    • Fourth Monday of every month (NO distribution in August, December, and January)
    • Free student and community food distribution
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