Basic Needs Center

Welcome to the Basic Needs Center at Berkeley City College!

The Basic Needs Center aims to provide services and resources to remove barriers and empower students to persist and thrive towards success. We are virtual and physical hubs of resources, where students can find support in having their essential needs met.


Free meals will be available starting Wednesday January 24th as part of our “Spring is Free” offerings.

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Atrium (basement level)




Free produce and select grocery items are available every Thursday.

The Basic Needs Center partners with the Berkeley Food Network who provides produce from the Berkeley Bowl and non-perishable items from the Alameda County Food Bank.

Pick-up Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Atrium (basement level)



The BCC Basic Needs Center is now open! Students can visit once a week for free clothes, hygiene items, and food. Students can also drop-in to receive support with their CalFresh application as well as find off-campus food and housing resources.



Spring 2024 HOURS

Mon • 10 AM – 5 PM
Tues • 10 AM – 5 PM
Wed • 12 PM – 5 PM
Thurs • 3 PM – 5 PM
Fri • 10 AM – 3 PM

Location: Basement Room 015




A list of housing resources is available by clicking this link.


Did you know that you are eligible for a AC Transit Bus Pass if you are an in-state student enrolled in at least six units at Peralta? Please note that it will take 10 business days for your AC Transit Card to arrive at our Cashier’s Office. For more information, please head over to

  • BCC students must have a valid student ID with photo in order to pick up passes from the Cashier’s Office. It is located on the first floor of BCC, to the left of Admissions and Records. The Cashier’s Office is open 9AM-4PM on weekdays.
  • The Basic Needs Center does not oversee this service. Questions can be directly asked to the bursar/cashier’s office at or (510) 981-2842


A list of housing resources is available by clicking this link.


The Peralta Health Services College Based clinics are currently closed; however, through the Peralta District is partnered with Roots Clinic. Services provided for Peralta students can be found by clicking this link.

Additional medical and community resources (not affiliated to the Peralta Community College District or Berkeley City College):

Berkeley’s Specialized Care Unit is the first non-police crisis response team in the city.  The contact number is 510-948-0075.  This program is free to anyone in Berkeley who is experiencing common crisis symptoms and will not be routed through the city’s emergency dispatch center.  911 will be called by the SCU if an emergency develops.  Team members will be peer specialists, behavioral health clinicians and EMTs. For other city-specific mobile crisis teams, check out our website’s Resources section.


  • First 5 California – California’s Parenting Website:
  • Dial 2-1-1 or visit for help with Health, Housing, and Human Services in your area.
  • BCC has a nursing / lactation pod on campus. It is located on the first floor in front of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). See this post for more information.

Contact Information:

John Nguyen
Associate Dean of Student Engagement & Basic Needs

Izzie Villanueva
Basic Needs Coordinator