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Basic Needs Center


The Basic Needs Center addresses the gaps and concerns students have with accessing nutritious food, stable housing, and financial, physical, and mental wellness resources. We are committed to transforming dialogues surrounding the basic needs of students so they can focus on their academic success contributing to holistic well-being.


We strive to increase equitable access to food, housing, and financial, physical, and mental wellness resources for all students by breaking down barriers and transforming the Napa Valley College community.

Basic Needs Center Services:

Stop by our Basic Needs Center Student Lobby to charge up your devices with our courtesy charging station and access campus WiFi. 

Enrolled Napa Valley College students can pick up 2-3 bags of assorted groceries every 30 days at the NVC Student Food Basket in the Basic Needs Center. 

Please bring your student ID and/or proof of semester enrollment (ex: Canvas page) and submit our monthly groceries survey. 

NVC Food Basket:

Food Basket  

Monthly Grocery Bag:

Grocery Bag

Students can stop by the Student Express Food Pantry, or "Stormy Snacks," for a quick snack between classes. 

Students in need of personal materials - such as school supplies, hygiene products, and clothing can select items from our Basic Needs Cabinet. This cabinet is supplied mostly from donations and may have limited stock. 


We provide students with support in applying for CalFresh. Click the button below to learn more and access the NVC application link.

Want more resources? Use our Library Guide created by the NVC Librarians. 

CalFresh Resources

Food Resources

Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV) Food Banks:

Napa Food Pantry: 1746 Yajome Street Napa CA 94558 Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-1pm Thursday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

American Canyon Food Pantry: Harvest Freewill Baptist Church 240 Rio Del Mar American Canyon CA 94503 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Housing Resources

Abode Services: 

South Napa Shelter, Winter Shelter, Family Shelter, and Hot Lunch Program 100 Hartle Court Napa CA 94559 Monday - Friday 9am-3pm Call (707)271-7818 Or email:

Napa NEWS: 

Domestic Violence Shelter and 24/7 Help Line 1141 Pear Tree Lane, Suite 220 Napa CA 94558 Monday - Friday 8am-5pm Appointment Line: (707)252-3687 The Help Line: (707) 255-NEWS (6397)

Transportation Resources

Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA): 

Local bus routes, ambassador travel programs, ClipperSTART program 625 Burnell Street Napa CA 94559 Call (707) 259-8631

Family Resources

COPE Family Center: 

Family Resource Center for emergency assistance and crisis resources 707 Randolph Street Napa CA 94559 Monday - Friday 8:30am-5pm Call (707) 252-1123

Mental Health Resources


Free Mental Health Services and 24/7 access to virtual care, self-care, and well-being tools. Access it via your Canvas page or the following link:

Community Resources Printable Version

At the NVC Basic Needs Center, we are grateful for the support of our community members and campus partners.

Interested in supporting the NVC Basic Needs Center through a donation? Please access our Click & Pledge page for monetary donations below. 

Donate Here!

The Basic Needs Center also accepts donations on site to help stock our Food Basket and Basic Needs Cabinet. Donation items include:

  • Canned goods and shelf-stable foods that are nutrient dense
  • Unused/unopened hair care, skin care, period products, and oral hygiene items
  • School supplies such as notebooks, pens, highlighters, and index cards

Please call (707) 256-7347 for questions about donations or stop by Room 1202 during normal business hours. 



BNC Room 1202


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