Basic Needs

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The Student Basic Needs and Resource Center is here to support students in need of additional assistance as they venture through their educational path at Taft College. We support our students by providing and connecting students with all the essential resources needed to not only survive but thrive. Our mission is to work together towards justice and belonging for all, create an equitable environment, and close the gap amongst a diverse population. We are here to provide information and resources to combat the hardships which adversely affect the ability of TC students to complete their academic, professional, and personal development objectives.

Currently the TC Student Basic Needs and Resource Center (SBNRC) is located in the old testing center next to the IT building.  It will relocate to another location on campus later in the fall 2021 semester.

***The SBNRC will re-open in a new location in February of 2022.***

TC Cal Fresh Week

During Cal Fresh, the Taft College Financial Aid Department works with the Student Basic Needs and Resource Center to host a week-long outreach event highlighting the services offered on campus and off campus.  Students will have the opportunity to attend Cal Fresh educational sessions, speak to a representative from Taft Human Services, and speak to Basic Needs peer advisors about all the services offered at the Student Resource and Basic Needs center (SBNRC).



Monday – Thursday

10 am – 2 pm

Closed on Fridays and Holidays

Schedule an appointment with the Coordinator or Peer Support Worker

Appointment Request


Student Basic Needs and Resource Center Peer Support Worker

Student Life and Basic Needs Coordinator


The TC SBNRC is the one- stop-shop for students to receive support to help alleviate food insecurity and meet other identified needs.  When students visit, they will be in a friendly environment where they can feel safe to address inequities and connect with peers.

Submit a Student Basic Needs and Resource Request form online to request hygiene products, items from the food pantry, clothing, and more. You can also request more information about other on-campus and community resources.

See the flyers below for upcoming events:

On-Campus Resources

TC Food Pantry

The Food Pantry includes non-perishables, toiletries, hygiene products and even a clothes closet.  Students can also request a $25 grocery gift card and/or a meal voucher for the Taft College Cougar Café. (eligibility for grocery gift cards and meal vouchers are dependent on each student’s financial aid; grocery gift cards request can be made once a month).

Perishable items are available periodically.  Check the Student Basic Needs and Resource Center webpage for details.

Number of Visits Per Week:  3 visits

Maximum number of items per visit:

  • Food Items: 15 total, no more than 3 of one item
  • Hygiene products: 8 total, no more than 2 of one item
  • Water: no more than 3
  • Perishable food items: choose 3 items from the available list (no more than 1 of each)
  • Towels, face clothes, blankets: one of each per semester.
  • Clothing (students can choose during a visit to the center)


Click on the first button below to access the Student Basic Needs and Resources online request form.   Click on the second button to access the list of items in the SBNRC Pantry.

TC CalFresh Outreach

Taft College participates in a state-wide outreach program to encourage and aid eligible students with the application and verification process.  Taft College CalFresh Outreach (TCCFO) will then follow-up and assist students with the semi-annual and annual reporting to continue eligibility for CalFresh benefits. The Taft College CalFresh Outreach pre-screens students for eligibility criteria only and does not determine eligibility or award EBT benefits. (Click here for more information).

TC Cares Funds

The TC Cares funds is supported by your Taft College Associated Student Organization.  Students seeking aid or assistance for housing insecurity can set up a meeting with the Student Life and Basic Needs coordinator to request aid for temporary housing.  These funds are limited.

Dental Hygiene

The Taft College Dental Hygiene program is a teaching and learning clinic.  Students perform all dental hygiene services and are overseen by licensed dental hygienists and dentists.  This service is available to TC students and the community at a low cost.  As a teaching clinic, appointments are longer and students appreciate the commitment of all patients. (click here to learn more..)

Health and Wellness Counselor

Students seeking help or wanting to help a friend/student in need can send a referral to the Taft College Health and Wellness Counselor.  Student can also receive additional help resources, including free and confidential personal counseling, mental health, wellness, and crisis resources. (Click here for more health and wellness resources)

  • Self Referral Form – Fill out this form if you wish to speak with our on-campus wellness counselor.
  • Referral Form – Fill out this form if you wish to refer someone to our on-campus wellness counselor.


Community Resources


If you are experiencing basic needs insecurity, or other hardships, stop by the Student Basic Needs and Resource Center, relax, and visit with our helpful staff. If you know someone who needs a helping hand, tell them about our services or come with them for support.