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.
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.
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.
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.