Office of Basic Needs

The Office of Basic Needs at Hartnell College acts as a hub that provides and connects students to essential services relating to food, stable housing, financial stability, and wellness security. Our Mission is to provide students with support programs, awareness, and resources essential to meeting their basic needs and promoting academic success. At our BNC, we understand that basic needs must be approached in a holistic manner, and our staff is committed to providing a safe environment that fosters compassion and respect, and welcomes diversity.

Our team is dedicated to helping students meet their basic needs so that they
can spend more energy, time, and focus on their education.
BNC provides an array of direct services, resources,
and referrals in areas that impact health, belonging, and overall well-being. 


Cal Fresh

  • Also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities.
  • CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net.
  • Apply


Pop Up Pantry

Next Date: November 30th, and December 14th.  Pantries run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the Main Campus in Building C within the Office of Student Life.

Next Date: November 28th, and December 5th.  Pantries run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the Soledad and King City campuses. 

  • Pop-up Pantries occur throughout the semester and provide access to kitchen staples and dry goods.  Food is donated by the Food Bank of Monterey County. 
  • Pop-up Pantries are held on selected dates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus in the Office of Student Life within Building C and the South County Education Center campuses. 
  • Please contact for specific dates. 


Produce Truck "La Trokita"

Next Date: December 1 , 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until produce runs out, on the Main Campus between buildings C and N.  

  • Fresh produce distribution occurs throughout the semester and provide access to fruits and vegetables.  Produce is donated by the Food Bank of Monterey County.  
  • Fresh Produce Truck days are held on selected dates from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the main campus between Building C and Building N.  
  • Please contact for specific dates.  

Healthcare Coverage

FREE Healthcare Services 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Crisis Counseling and Emotional Wellness Services

  • Emotional support and counseling (therapy) sessions provided for all enrolled Hartnell students.
  • Schedule an Appointment
  • Located on the Main Campus,  Building D, Offices 123-127

Timely Care

  • 24/7 access to mental health services + sessions with licensed psychiatrists
  • Accessed through student dashboard

Suicide Prevention

On Campus Resources

DSPS (Department of Supportive Programs & Services)

    • DSPS students have access to computers with assistive technologies such as: screen readers, voice recognition, note-taking and magnification software. Braille, large print and PDF also available.
    • Visit DSPS website for eligibility or for more information at:


    • All students are provided a 2 hour loan of calculators for math courses or laptops for zoom meetings, group projects or research for use while in the library.
    • Check with the Library Technician at the Circulation or Media Services desk. A signed laptop loan agreement must be on file for the student.  
    • For more information, please visit:

Panther Learning Lab

    • Provides online tutoring for students with qualified student tutors in various academic areas.
    • Tutor Services Coordinator -- Frank Henderson 831-755-6738 or email

Off Campus Resources

Loaves and Fishes

    • Provides low-cost bilingual computers and computer literacy classes to local low-income families.

SafeLink Wireless

    • Affordable Connectivity Program
      • The ACP is a federal government benefit program from the FCC aimed at ensuring connectivity to eligible households by covering some of the cost of mobile service (up to $30).

Wireless Internet Services

    • Monterey County maintains information about discounted and free wireless services on its website.

Alternative Transportation

  • Bicycling
  • Carpooling
  • Walking

Monterey Salinas Transit (MST)

  • Currently enrolled Hartnell College students are able to ride the MST FREE
    • Availalble any day, any time, any route.  
    • Student must present their valid digital student ID to the driver. 
    • Student digital CAT card must have a clear picture and state current semester of registration. 
  • Digital access to MST is only available during Fall and Spring Semesters
  • For MST access during the Summer semester please email

211 Monterey County

Resource Referral: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 170 languages. You can count on 211 for fast, free, confidential help whether you're looking for:

  • Clothing
  • Dental Care
  • Disaster Relief & Recovery
  • Food
  • Health
  • Housing & Utilities
  • Job Training
  • Mental Health Services
  • Veteran's Assistance

Affordable Textbooks

  • Guide on how to locate and access courses with affordable or zero cost textbook options.  

Lactation Spaces

Hartnell College strives to create an inclusive and welcoming space for all.  The College has identified several lactation spaces on campus for students and employees to use while breastfeeding or using a lactation pump on campus. These spaces are generally available Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Main Campus - Building J- Room 117 (J-117) & Building O Room 105 (O-105) 
  • Alisal Center - Building C- Room 203 (C-203)
  • King City Education Center  - KC - Room 132
  • Soledad Education Center- SC - 115
  • Castroville Education Center- CC-117

If you need help making arrangements to use these lactation locations or facilitating a different time or space for you to use on campus, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

Student Parent Services and Resources

  • Resources for students who are parents and need additional support in various areas. 
    • On Campus support
    • Off Campus support
    • State Programs: Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)


Who To Contact

    Office of Basic Needs
    Phone: (831) 770-7081
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Office: Building C, Room 132
    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901


  • C - Student Center

    C - John Steinbeck Student Center