Cerro Coso Community College

Hunger Free Campus

Hunger Free Campus

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.

Hunger Free Campus 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.

Upcoming food distributions:

Bags of food will be distributed to students in need on the following days:

Thursday, October 25, 2018
LRC Lobby
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Student Center MB 115
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Student Center MB 115
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Student Center MB 115
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Student Center MB 115
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Student Center MB 115
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Student Center MB 115

How can I help?

Donate Food and Goods

Donate non-perishable items and hygiene products:

Donation bins are set up in the LRC and Student Services Office (WV Modular 4) one-month prior to a food drive, while donations are accepted year-round in the Student Activities Office (WV Modular 7).

Needed items:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Reusable plastic and cloth bags

Donate Money

Monetary donations can be made to Hunger Free Campus 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.

Donate to the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation
Click on "Additional Information" to designate your donation for Hunger Free Campus.

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.

Additional Resources

Calfresh Program
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.

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-Fri 8am-5pm

Immanuel Baptist's Ministry Center
1201 N. China Lake Blvd. 760-446-4531
Free Dinner: Monday 6pm-6:45 pm

Ridgecrest Salvation Army
151 N. Downs St. 760-375-7219
Food Pantry: Mon-Thru 9am-11 am
Commodities: 3rd. Thurs 8am-11am

St. Ann's Catholic Church
446 W. Church St. 760-375-2110
Food Pantry: Mon-Fri 9am-11 am
Free Dinner: Varies, must call for dates & Times

St. Michael's Episcopal Church
200 W. Drummond Ave. 760-446-5816
Open 1st. & 3rd Tuesday of each month 9am-11am for food.

United Methodist Church
635 N. Norma St. 760-375-7434
Free Dinner: Friday 5pm-6pm

Kern Community College District