Student Pantry & Resources

We recognize that secure access to food and housing is essential to academic success in higher education and must, therefore, be treated as a top educational priority. We will exemplify this commitment in our public statements and in our daily work. We will advance a campus culture of caring that recognizes that students are humans first. We will use data and evidence to drive our efforts to reduce food and housing insecurity and seek to impact as many of our students as possible. Finally, we will address the structural poverty that created this basic needs security crisis.

Students are encouraged to attend the EVC Drive-Thru distribution on campus. The distribution will take place the First and Third Friday of Every month from 9:30 am-11:00 am inside of Parking Lot 1. 

 Students can click here to RSVP for Future Distributions

Students can also visit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley website to search for food near their zip code:

Or by texting "GETFOOD" to 

For more information or assistance please email:
Food distribution volunteers

EVC F.R.E.S.H Market

Did you know that over 50% of students at Evergreen Valley College have reported being food insecure within the past month?

The Evergreen Valley College F.R.E.S.H (Food, Resources, and Education to Stop Hunger) Market was established to provide immediate food needs of EVC students by providing a variety of non-perishable food items. The F.R.E.S.H Market provides grab-and-go options (granola bars, microwavable soups and noodles, etc.) and other options ( boxed cereal, canned goods, etc.) that may require students to prepare. The market is maintained in partnership with the Office of Student Life, the Associated Student Government, Second Harvest Food Bank, and New Seasons Market.

How to Access the F.R.E.S.H Market

Students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit to be eligible to receive items from the F.R.E.S.H Market. The F.R.E.S.H Market is located on the first floor of the Gullo I Student Center in Room 114 directly near the ATM machines.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Fridays: By Appointment Only

If a student needs access to the pantry outside the above listed hours please email the Office of Student Life at or call (408) 223-6768.

How to Donate

We are constantly taking donations in order to keep the shelves of the F.R.E.S.H Market stocked. Please drop off all donations to the Office of Student Life in Gullo I-203 or Gullo I-205 during normal business hours on Fridays ONLY. 

Please note: the EVC F.R.E.S.H Market will only accept donations of non-perishable food items and plastic utensils. Below is the list of items the pantry is always in need of:

*denotes high need items

Cans of Tuna*

Cans of Chicken*

Canned Goods

Spaghetti Sauce*

Peanut Butter*

Canned Vegetables

Instant Potatoes

Canned Fruits

Fruit Cups



Juice Boxes



Macaroni and Cheese*


Cans of Ravioli/SpaghettiO's*

Hamburger Helper and other related Boxed Meals*

Boxes of Cereal*

Instant Oatmeal (individual packets) *

Cereal Bars

Frozen Pancakes/Waffles




Granola Bars*

Microwave Popcorn

Easy Mac*

Microwaveable Frozen Meals*

For Financial Donations, please visit the San Jose Evergreen Community College Foundation website. Under "I want to support" Emergency Funds-EVC Students. Financial Donations help to ensure the purchase of grocery gift cards for students, the purchase of special diet items not donated such as vegan, halal, and Kosher items, and provide one-time emergency grants to students in need.

The C.A.R.E Clothing Closet

The C.A.R.E (Career Apparel and Resources for Educational Success) Closet was established in 2018 by the Associated Student Government. The C.A.R.E Closet was established to provide immediate basic need items to EVC students. The closet is maintained by the Associated Student Government as part of their annual budget. The closet is located in Gullo I-106.

How To Donate

The Associated Student Government is available to accept donations in order to keep the shelves of the C.A.R.E Closet stocked. Please drop off all donations to the Associated Student Government Office in Gullo I-204 or the Office of Student Life in Gullo I-203/Gullo I-205 during normal business hours on Fridays ONLY. 

Below is the list of items the pantry is always in need of:

Soap, Toilet Paper, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste,  Toothbrush, Floss, Lotion, Deodorant, Feminine Hygiene Products, Diapers, Laundry Detergent, Towels

Second Harvest Food Distribution

In partnership with CalWorks and Second Harvest Food Bank, EVC offers a once a month food distribution that is open to all currently enrolled students. The distribution takes place the First Friday of every month inside of Parking Lot 1 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Students can access Parking Lot 1 through the San Felipe entrance of campus. It is recommended that students bring tote bags, grocery bags, or carts to assist in carrying food items.

Food is available as first come, first serve so it is best that students arrive early. If students have class during the time of the distribution they may contact the Office of Student Life at to have items placed aside. Students needing this accommodation must email no later than 5:00pm the Monday before the distribution. All items must be picked up from the Office of Student Life by 3:30pm. Items not picked up will be taken to the EVC F.R.E.S.H Market.


The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Students may apply for CalFresh inside of the EVC F.R.E.S.H Market during normal operational hours of Monday-Thursday from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Open CalFresh Enrollment occurs every Thursday from 2-4 pm in the CalWORKs Office SC-207.

Contact Names:  Reyna Avila and Michaela Murphy
Contact Email:
Contact Phone:  408-270-6477

​Other Resources

Campus Showers

Assembly Bill 1995 was signed in 2016 by Governor Brown. This Assembly Bill authorizes any student enrolled in a California Community College that is facing a financial or housing crisis the opportunity to shower in the locker room facilities maintained by the college without the requirement of enrollment in a physical education (PE) course or athletic department program.

In order to access the showers students must currently be enrolled in coursework, have paid their enrollment fees, and be in good standing with the San Jose Evergreen Community College District.

Showers are offered Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:00pm and Fridays from 8:00am-12:00pm inside of the PE Building. If needed, students may pick up essential item such as soap, towels, and shampoo from the EVC C.A.R.E Closet located inside of Gullo I-106.

Associated Student Government Emergency Fund

The Associated Student Government offers ​a one-time Emergency Funding for Evergreen Valley College Students. Funding Amounts range from $50-$500 based off student circumstances. Funds can only be used for unexpected emergencies. Students must currently be registered in at least 6 credit units and have paid their Student Representation Fee to be eligible.

Applications​ can be downloaded here

Please submit all applications to the Director of Student Development & Activities to

Mobile/Internet Resources
If you or someone in your household is low-income and is a citizen/legal permanent resident/has a CA ID, you may be eligible for a free cell phone with unlimited minutes, text and wifi-access.

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