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OCC Basic Needs Center

What is the OCC Basic Needs Center?

The OCC Basic Needs Center offers a variety of services to OCC students to help them meet their basic needs, which refers to the most essential resources required to thrive as a student. This includes access to nutritious food, clothing resources, stable housing, transportation resources, and financial wellness resources. We strive to offer support from a holistic approach to ensure you have what you need to succeed.

Contact Us

Pirates' Cove 113 (#83 campus map)

What's in the Center

Pirates' Cove (Food Pantry)

Access the Pirates' Cove - the Basic Needs Center's food pantry - to pick-up free groceries, nutritious grab-and-go snacks, and personal hygiene items. You pick up snacks once per day, and groceries twice per week. Remember to bring your OCC I.D card when visiting. Resources also includes emergency meal cards, and assistance with CalFresh.

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The Closet

The Closet offers donated clothing items to students in need. Functioning as a clothing donation site, it operates as a platform where individuals contribute gently used clothes. These items are then made available to students, providing them with access to professional attire, everyday wear, and seasonal clothing without financial burden. 


General Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Center provides housing services and resources to help alleviate housing insecurity in the OCC student community. Our service model includes prevention services to support students from losing their housing and emergency services to support students who are unhoused or at imminent risk of losing their housing. 

Meet the Team

OCC Basic Needs Request

OCC students who are facing challenges with their access to basic needs, please complete the Basic Needs Request form. After completing this form, our team will:

  • Connect you with supportive staff for a Basic Needs Consultation
  • Provide individual resource suggestions and referrals to campus and community support
  • Receive direct aid or access to the Pirates' Cove Food Pantry or Clothing Closet
Submit a Basic Needs Request


Spring 2024 Hardship Grant

The Basic Needs Hardship Grant provides assistance to students who encounter unforeseen financial circumstance that disrupt their progress towards their educational goals. Requests can include academic-related expenses as well as non-academic-related needs.  

Submit Hardship Grant