Student shopping in the Warrior Pantry

Basic Needs Center

Supporting students through all aspects of their education is a priority at El Camino College. The Basic Needs Center provides vital assistance to those in need.

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We're here for you. At the Basic Needs Center, you'll find free and low-cost basic needs services, resources, and support.

The Basic Needs Center offers the following services to currently enrolled students:

  • Basic Needs Cupboards: Locations across the campus (Cupboard Map) for a quick snack
  • CalFresh: Nutritional access program that helps individuals buy food
  • Child Care: Referrals to the CARE & CalWORKs programs
  • Housing Support: Referrals and resources to help students find temporary and permanent housing
  • Metro U-Pass: Discounted public transportation program
  • Technology: Referrals to the Laptop Loan program
  • Warrior Wardrobe: Provides free clothing
  • Warrior Pantry: Offers free and healthy food plus toiletries

Stop by the Basic Needs Center on the 2nd Floor of the Bookstore Building. Store hours, eligibilty and application are listed below.



Hours Starting Januray 4, 2024:
  Warrior Wardrobe & Warrior Pantry Basic Needs Center
Monday Closed 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 12 p.m. - 5p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday Closed Closed



  • Storefronts - Bookstore Building, 2nd Floor (Meeting rooms known as the Stadium and Decathlon Rooms)
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  • Students must be enrolled for the current term
  • Students must have a valid ECC student ID number
  • Students must fill out the Basic Needs Intake form

How to Apply:

Register Online


Learn More

Our goal is to feed everyone who is in need, creating a community with Zero Hunger, Zero Waste. The community, (people who are not students at ECC) may utilize Warrior Pantry food services as a portion of our donations are provided directly by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Check the  income guideline  to see if you are eligible to receive food from the Warrior Pantry. You will need to check in when you come to visit and bring your own bag for your food items. We have fresh fruits, vegetables and other pantry staples to provide each week.  

Open Hours for the Community:

Community members may stop by the Basic Needs Warrior Pantry during our regular operating hours. We will be happy to serve you.


The Basic Needs Center accepts both monetary and item donations year round.

  • Monetary Donations, visit Donate Online.
  • Food Items: All non-perishable foods that are not expired
  • Clothing and Shoes: We are currently accepting all sizes and types as long as there are no stains or holes. We also accept childrens                                                  clothing.

Email or call to make an appointment to donate and we will meet you at the donation drop off location:  / (310) 660-3593 ext. 6178  

Donation drop off map: Donation Map

The Basic Needs Center would love for you to volunteer!

For more info, contact:

Sharonda Barksdale, Basic Needs Center Coordinator  


Questions? Contact Us

Basic Needs Center

Bookstore Building, Alondra Rm. 2nd Floor

Business Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (310) 660-3593 ext. 6178