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.

Your One-Stop Shop

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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 is currently comprised of four services:

  • CalFresh: Nutrition assistance program that helps individuals buy food
  • Metro U-Pass: Discounted public transportation program
  • Warrior Closet: Provides free clothing
  • Warrior Pantry: Offers healthy food items and toiletries

Current Semester Info

Stop by our new location on the 2nd Floor of the Bookstore Building for extended hours this semester.

Hours Starting January 31, 2023:
  Storefront Drive-Thru (Weather Permitting)
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 3p.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday 12 - 6 p.m. Closed
Thursday 10 a.m. - 3p.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday Closed Closed



  • Bookstore Building, 2nd Floor
  • Meeting rooms formerly known as the Stadium and Decathlon Rooms
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  • Students must be currently enrolled in Winter 2023 Session or Spring 2023 Semester
  • 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. The community may utilize Warrior Pantry food services as a portion of our donations are provided directly by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. We have fresh fruits, vegetables and protein to provide each week.  

Open Hours for the Community:

Community members may stop by the Basic Needs Warrior Pantry at 2 p.m. throughout the week and we’ll be happy to serve you.


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


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, 2nd Floor

Sharonda Barksdale

Basic Needs Center Coordinator