Emergency Hunger Relief for Students​​
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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 self-sufficiency.

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 per month.
  • Accepted, approved, or awarded State/ Federal work-study.​
  • Receive Cal WORKs (Cash Aid) or Tribal TANF benefits.
  • 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 childcare.​
  • 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:

The corner of Quad, across from the Parking Structure and Digital Library:   

  • September 10, 2019 1:30AM-4:30PM

  • September 23, 2019 1:00PM-5:00PM

  • October 10, 2019 10:00AM-2:00PM

  • October 23, 2019 1:00PM-5:00PM
  • November 4, 2019 10:00AM-2:00PM
  • November 19, 2019 1:00PM-5:00PM

  • December 4, 2019 10:00AM-2:00PM


For more information on Community Connect please click the link below:
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Students can access the Tiger Pantry by visiting the Student Activities office. Student Activities is located in 2nd floor of the Bradshaw Building (next to the bookstore) and open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.



     Free Produce 

Students can pick up free produce every Wednesday until supplies run out! Available at the Urban FarmBring a bag and hurry, while supplies last!

The Urban Farm is between the Math and Science and Digital Library buildings.
 

 Every Wednesday

11 am in the

RCC Urban Farm

-Formerly the Community Garden-