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 advance a campus culture of caring that recognizes that students are humans first. We exemplify this commitment in our public statements and in our daily work by addressing the structural poverty that created this basic needs security crisis. We 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.
This page is intended to provide EVC Faculty and Staff with Resources to support EVC's Basic Needs Initiatives.
Resources to Support Students
Canvas Resources For Faculty
With a special thank you to Professor Bhawana Kamil, faculty are encouraged to access the following Canvas Site:
This public Canvas site contains a few resources that will help address our students' basic needs:
What are the EVC Basic Needs Initiatives?
You will hear the term FRESH on campus often. So what does it mean? FRESH stands for Food, Resources, and Education to Stop Hunger and Homelessness. We have multiple ways to provide support to our students including:
If students are in of need financial assistance to buy groceries, the CalFresh program can help. It is a nutrition assistance program sponsored by USDA that helps people purchase healthy foods. Benefits are loaded on an EBT card, which functions like a debit card that can be used at most grocery stores and participating local Farmer's Markets throughout Santa Clara County. Homeless, elderly, or disabled persons may purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants with their EBT cards
Visit our CalFresh Page for more information.
EVC FRESH 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 ( milk, eggs, frozen protein such as chicken, 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.
- CalFresh Application
- Fresh Groceries
- Baby Food
- Grocery Gift Cards (*limited amount)
EVC Second Harvest Food Distribution
In partnership with Second Harvest Silicon Valley, EVC offers a FREE food distribution that is open to all currently enrolled students and community members. The distribution takes place on the First and Third Friday of every month inside Parking Lot 1 from 9:30 am-11:00 am. Students can access Parking Lot 1 through the San Felipe entrance of campus.
Students and community members must RSVP in advance. Students and community members can RSVP for Future Distributions
Please note: The RSVP list will close at 5:00 pm the week before the Food Distribution. Due to the COVID-19, the EVC Second Harvest Food Distribution is currently Drive-Thru Only. Students needing delivery due to lack of transportation can email email@example.com to arrange food delivery, if available.
EVC FRESH Farmer's Market
In collaboration with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, join EVC every second and fourth Thursday of the month for our EVC FRESH Farmer's Market Day from 9:30 am-1:00 pm inside of Central Green. The FRESH Farmer's Market Day is a free farmer's market where students and EVC Faculty/Staff can receive an assortment of fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other items. In addition, CalFresh Student Ambassadors are stationed throughout the event and are ready to answer questions about CalFresh, student exemption eligibility, or provide students assistance with completing their CalFresh application. Students who participate in the EVC FRESH Farmer's Market Days and complete a CalFresh application on-site, also receive coupons to use at participating farmer's markets within Santa Clara County.
It is recommended that students bring tote bags, grocery bags, or carts to assist in carrying food items.
The CARE 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.
The C.A.R.E. Clothing Closet has an assortment of everyday clothing attire, gently used business clothing, outerwear, children's clothing, and shoes. In addition, students can also access blankets, pillows, diapers, towels, hygiene kits, and feminine products.
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.
ASG Emergency Funds
The Associated Student Government offers two forms of Emergency Funding:
- $500 to be used towards Emergency Situations
- $500 EVC Bookstore Vouchers
Students must provide proof of current enrollment in a minimum of six units. Returning students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Students must provide documentation of stated emergency such as a utility bill, eviction letter, etc. ASG reserves the right to deny applications deemed as non-catastrophic, non-emergency, and/or a foreseen event.
Students may only apply for and receive funding once a full calendar year. Students who have previously received funding must wait 365 days from the date of their first application before becoming eligible for another grant.
Students who owe more than $100 to the San Jose Evergreen Community College District will be ineligible to receive funding
For more information click here: ASG Emergency Funds
How can faculty and staff get involved?
Evergreen Valley College Strategic Plan
Did you know that Evergreen Valley College was one of the first community colleges in the state to include Basic Needs Services within our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan?
As a result, Evergreen Valley College has continued to keep Basic Needs at the forefront. Faculty and Staff can continue to ensure this strategic initiative is met by supporting EVC's Basic Needs in a variety of ways including:
- Consider adding a Service Learning component through your course or special program
- Post EVC's Basic Needs Resource flyer within your program, office newsletters/emails, or within your office space
- Share Basic Needs events announcement widely with students or publish events to your Canvas page
Read below for a few more detailed ways that you can get involved:
Examples of Faculty Syllabus Statements
Consider adding a statement on your course syllabus:
EVC recognizes that various factors may affect your ability to thrive in this class. In particular, students who have difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to each every day or who lack a safe and stable place to live, may find that their situation affects their performance. I encourage such students to contact the Director of Student Development for support and resources such as: access to emergency funding, food vouchers, and the EVC Fresh Market Pantry located inside of Gullo I . You may also notify me, if you feel comfortable doing so, and I will do my best to help you identify and arrange other resources.
Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Director of Student Development for support or resources such as access to emergency funding, food vouchers, and the EVC Fresh Market Pantry located inside of Gullo I.
Volunteer At Second Harvest Food Distribution Or EVC FRESH Day Farmer's Market
We encourage Faculty and Staff to volunteer one day of the semester at either the Farmer's Market Day or the EVC Second Harvest Food Distribution. Below are the 2022 Spring Semester Dates: