During an Ohio State University 2017 study on Collegiate Financial Wellness, it was discovered that 58.7% of Cerro Coso students worry about not having enough money for food to get them through the month. That is 9.7% higher than the sampled average of other community colleges.
CC Marketplace was created to address food insecurity for students. It is Cerro Coso's belief that no student should have to learn on an empty stomach. Bags of food are for ANY student who is hungry and needs food. There are no requirements to receiving a bag of food, CC wants to make sure food and toiletries go to ANYONE who needs them.
Supporting Your Basic Needs
Cerro Coso Community College Basic Needs Center strives to support students to be successful by ensuring their basic needs are met through resources, access, and advocacy. Basic needs include access to nutritious foods, mental and physical healthcare, technology, transportation, and more. Having one's basic needs met has a direct impact on the academic performance, mental health, physical health, and holistic well-being of our students.
Please complete the form below to connect with support. After you complete the form, a staff member will reach out to provide information and resources to the student. If you would like immediate assistance, please consider visiting the Basic Needs Center located in Room 145 on the Ridgecrest Campus or calling (760) 384-6150. Students are welcome to walk in to access food and clothing supplies or connect with our team.
For more information, complete the Basic Needs Referral Form and one of our staff will reach out to you with help.
Food and Services
The CC Marketplace is in Room 145, across from the fountain on the first floor.
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CC Marketplace Guidelines
- Please check in with a student worker at the front desk
- Provide your Student ID, Household number.
- If you are needing to take items for yourself and or family:
- You may take 10 items off the shelf
- You make take 2 items from the refrigerator
- Hygiene kit
- Toilet paper (2)
- If you need a quick snack:
- Please let the student worker show you around and help you grab an item you would like to make and or heat up.
- Please only take items you will use and need, please do not waste.
- The marketplace is only stocked TWICE a month.
- If there is an item you don't see, please leave a suggestion with the student worker.
We are supporting students with CALFresh information and application support inside the marketplace.
Please stop by and see the pantry, we are here to support you and your academic journey. #CCCares
How can I help?
Donate Food and Goods
Donate non-perishable items and hygiene products:
Donations are accepted year-round in the Student Activities Office (MB113).
- Non-perishable food
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Reusable plastic and cloth bags
Monetary donations can be made to CC Marketplace through the Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) Foundation. The CCCC Foundation has established a new fund to collect donations that will allow us to create and sustain campus food pantries at all CCCC campuses.
For Cerro Coso Faculty and Staff Only: If you are interested in providing monetary donations to this fund on an ongoing basis through payroll deduction, please contact Human Resources.
How are donations used?
Food and hygiene products donated to CCCC are used at food drives hosted on all campus sites. Monetary donations are used to purchase food and hygiene products from partnered food banks at a significantly reduced rate. Additional funds will be used to fund a permanent food pantry location on campus.
Are my monetary donations tax-deductible?
The Cerro Coso Community College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization. All gifts to the foundation qualify for the maximum allowable deduction under the law. Donors should consult their tax counsel to determine the tax-deductibility of any gift as it relates to their personal situation.
Benefits Helpline 1-877-847-3663
Kern County Food Bank
800-273-2275 you must provide a CA DL, CA ID or Social security Number. Please call this number and verify for place and time, it is subject to change.
145 E. Ridgecrest Blvd. (760) 499-5200
Food distribution in Ridgecrest, CA
Subject to Change
Desert Christian Center
100 E. Bataan Ave. (760) 375-9954
Nonperishable food give-away on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Grace Lutheran Church
502 N. Norma St. (760) 375-9768
Food Pantry: Mon-Thurs 8:00am-5:00pm and Sundays 8:00am-2:00pm
Immanuel Baptist's Ministry Center
1201 N. China Lake Blvd. (760) 446-4531
Free Dinner: Monday 6:00pm-6:30 pm
Clothing Closet: Monday, 5:00pm-6:30pm
151 N. Downs St. (760) 375-7219
Food Pantry: MoTuThFr 9:00am-11:00am
Commodities: 3rd. Thurs 8:00am-11:00am
St. Ann's Catholic Church
446 W. Church St. (760) 375-2110
Food Pantry: Mon-Fri 9:00am-11:00am
Free Dinner: Varies, must call for dates & Times
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
200 W. Drummond Ave. (760) 446-5816
Food Baskets: Tuesdays 9am-12pm.
United Methodist Church
635 N. Norma St. (760) 375-7434
Free Dinner: Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm