Data shows that working and
receiving ﬁnancial aid is not enough to ensure that students have sufficient money
for food and housing. At particular risk are historically marginalized
students, including African Americans, those identifying as LGBTQ, students who
have served in the military, lived in foster homes, been incarcerated, and
those considered independent for ﬁnancial aid purposes. When students are able
to attend community colleges and complete their degrees, it promotes economic
In partnership with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), our goal is to nourish students through temporary hardship while empowering them towards long-term self-sufficiency. In addition to ASRCC's Student Resource Center, we are now providing emergency hunger relief to students in need.
The RCC Food Grant allows ASRCC to provide students with:
- Access to a food pantry
- Educational resources on purchasing and preparing meals on a budget
- Personalized assistance with applying for the CalFresh Program
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for RCC’s Hunger Grant, the only requirement
is that you are currently enrolled in at least one class.
Many students believe they are ineligible to receive CalFresh,
however, if you meet one of the following exemptions you may qualify!
- Work at least 20 hours per week, averaging 80 hours
- Accepted, approved, or awarded State/ Federal
- Receive Cal WORKs (Cash Aid) or Tribal TANF
- You have parental
control over a household member under the age of six.
- You have parental
control over a household member between the ages of 6 and 11 without adequate
- You have participated
in EOPS, WIOA, Puente Project, Guardian Scholars, CalGrant, FYSI, or the other
State-funded programs that increase employability.
*CalFresh/2-1-1 Connect representatives will be on the RCC campus to receive applications in person (recommended) during specified dates below. To complete an application with CalFresh, students will need the following:
- Social Security Card (SSN)
- Proof of residency (a bill or bank statement accepted)
- Photo Identification
- Proof of program verification in Federal Work-study, EOPS, DPS, Guardian Scholars, or proof of employment or income.
*CalFresh and 2-1-1 Community Connect will be on campus on the following dates: (Campus is closed for the Spring 2020 semester)
For more information on Community Connect please click the link below:
To apply for CalFresh on the internet click the link below:
During the campus closure, the Tiger Pantry is still here for you. Students can receive one pantry bag per week. Bags will be handed out from 1 pm - 3 pm at the campus police station (by the tennis courts) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Follow us @rcc_hungry_tigers
The Outdoor Plant Laboratory (OPL) is a space at RCC where students can learn about food production, both within a class or on a volunteer basis. The produce grown in the OPL is handed out to the campus community.
During the physical campus closure, harvesting continues! Produce planted by the Santa Ana Water Project Authority Interns, Biology 61 students, and others are being maintained and harvested. The produce is being handed out with the grab and go bags distributed weekly by the college. For more details, follow the OPL on instagram (rcc_plantlab), email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on our website.
Are you are interested in growing your own food but don't have a lot of space or time. Or are you trying to reduce water usage? Maybe you are going on vacation and abandoning your plants?
Try a self-watering planter!
Check out this video by Anastasia Duane, Santa Ana Water Project Authority Intern at RCC Urban Farm to show you how.
The Outdoor Plant Laboratory (OPL) is between the Math and Science and Digital Library and Quad buildings.