Basic Needs Resources

Welcome to our Basic Needs Resource Page!

basic needs chartBasic Needs are the conditions and resources you need to survive and thrive as you learn at Reedley College. These needs include, but are not limited to, getting help with food, housing, clothing, finances and access to wellness and mental health services. Check out the resources below!

If you would like to connect with someone for basic needs support use one of the forms linked below. 

Prospective and returning students (individuals who are not currently taking classes), please complete the Basic Needs Referral Form and a representative from Reedley College will follow up with you.

Current Reedley College students should use Starfish to make an appointment to meet with a counselor and get connected with resources.

If you need help or information for any of these issues, please complete the Basic Needs Assistance Form and a representative from Reedley College will follow up with you within two business days.


TigerLink: Basic Needs Resources and Community Partnerships Center


Connect with Tiger Link: Basic Needs Resources and Community Partnerships Center. Tiger Link services are provided out of CCS-2, which is located on next to the Music and Art buildings at Reedley College.

Tiger Link, provides linkages and referrals to the services providers below who offer information and eligibility assistance on immigration, dating/domestic violence services, CalFresh sign-ups, homeless assistance, CalWORKs, and MediCAL.

  • Central California Food Bank
  • Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • Marjaree Mason Center
  • United Farm Workers Foundation

For more information about when these service providers will be on the Reedley College campus, call 559.494.3789


CalFresh Resources

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Do you need money for groceries? Cal Fresh can provide you with a monthly benefit to help you buy groceries! CalFresh is a federally funded program that provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store (Walmart, SaveMart, etc.) or other retailers that accepts EBT cards.

Complete a CalFresh Application

Meet with a CalFresh Advocate

If you need help or information about apply for CalFresh, come by Tiger Link in CCS-2 or call 494.3789. Application assistance is also available from a Central California Food Bank advocate once a month on campus. Contact Tiger Link for times/dates.

Tiger Pantry, Food and Diaper Distribution, and Clyde's Closet

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Students who are currently enrolled at Reedley College are eligible to visit the Tiger Pantry, which offers non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, fresh produce, and vegetables.

The Diaper Program at the Tiger Pantry also provide diapers to families with children of diaper-wearing ages.

Clyde’s Closet offers professional attire (including dress clothes for men and women) for students to use for interviews and career prep activities.

To learn about more about the Tiger Pantry & Clyde’s Closet, including the hours of operation, visit the RC Tiger Pantry is available to all students.

Here are some other resources that can help with food:

Student Parent Resources

  • CalFresh. Receive money for groceries each month from Cal Fresh, a federally funded benefit program.
  • California Earned Income Tax Credit Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) are tax credits for working people who have earned a low to moderate income. 
  • Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) provides up to $1,083 per eligible tax return. California families qualify with earned income of $30,000 or less. 
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5.


Health Resources

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The Reedley College Health Services Office is available to help with many physical and mental health related questions you may have. Reedley College Psychological Services also maintains crisis services through ProtoCall Services, Inc. These services are accessible by calling 559-494-3028 and selecting the option for ProtoCall. These services are available 24/7, including after hours, weekends, and holidays.

Mental Health Resources

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Psychological Services is now offering both in-person and online individual therapy (via Zoom) to current SCCCD students during office hours.

We also maintain crisis services through ProtoCall Services, Inc. These services are accessible by calling our main number 559-494-3028 and selecting the option for ProtoCall. These services are available 24/7, including after hours, weekends, and holidays.

Childcare Resources

Child Development Students and Children

Reedley College has a Children’s Program and Lab school   which offers childcare services for students, faculty, staff, and community members as space allows.campus. It provides services from 7:50 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center follows the State Center Community College District’s Classified Calendar, is open during the fall and spring semesters, and closed for most holidays.

There are three classrooms:

  1. Infants ages 6 weeks to 17 months
  2. Toddlers ages 18 months 30 months
  3. Preschool- ages 2 ½ - 5

Waitlist Applications are available at the Lab School or you can download an application (Waitlist Application). Funds to assist students who are parents in need cover the costs of childcare services may be available. Contact Rubisela Sanchez, Lab School Coordinator, at  for information about enrollment and programs available for children during the fall and spring semesters.

Here are some resources for information about off campus childcare services, including childcare, afterschool, and youth programs:

Resources for Homeless Students

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The Homelessness Liaison can help Reedley College students get connected to a support program on campus and provide information about the Reedley College dorms. The liaison will also help you get connected to Fresno County Resources to find local homeless shelters.

Contact Us

Phone: 559.494.3589 
Text: 559.419.0256

Shower Room at RCOther Housing Resources

Showering Facilities for Students

  • Students in need of hygiene products such as body wash, soap, shampoo, and conditioner can visit the Tiger Food Pantry (Located in Student Center) and access these products free of charge.


Technology Help

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School Materials and fees, or Licensing and Certification Fees


The Upward Mobility Pathways program provides assistance in connecting to resources. For more information, use Starfish to make an appointment to speak with the Upward Mobility Pathways (UMP) Counselor Nancy Rodriguez.

Transportation Resources

Fresno County Bus

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Free Bus Shuttle Passes for current Reedley College students from Dinuba, Sanger, and Kingsburg (on a first, first served basis) in the Business Services Office in the Student Services Building. Stop by or call 494.3042 for more information.  

California Low Income Auto Insurance
California’s Low Cost Auto (CLCA) Insurance program helps good drivers that are income eligible afford auto insurance that meets the state’s financial responsibility laws.  If you have a valid driver’s license and drive a vehicle, the law requires that you have auto insurance. Visit My Low Cost Auto or call 1-866-602-8861 to see if you qualify.

Other Resources and Assistance

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2-1-1 is an Information and Referral Helpline that gets people connected with resources, services and opportunities. Call 211 to speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area. 

MAP Multi-Agency Access Program:
MAP is a free service offered to all people living in Fresno County.  It provides a single point of entry to help identify the needs of each individual or family, facilitates access to services, and links individuals to services relating to social and health services, public benefits, housing, and other immediate necessities to allow individuals and families to live more fulfilling lives.


Assistance with PG&E Bills provided by Fresno Economic Opportunities Commision

The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to eligible households that are in a crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a 24- to 48-hour disconnect notice or service termination by its utility company or a household facing an energy-related crisis of life-threatening emergency in the applicant’s household, including a combustible appliance.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program services includes energy budget counseling, education on basic energy efficiency practices and instruction on the proper use and maintenance of installed weatherization measures. 

Call (559) 263-1320 for an appointment or visit their website.

Healthy Relationship Resources

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If you or someone you know needs help to get safe or stay safe from an abusive relationship, contact information the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) which is a 24/7/635 hotline and confidential chat feature.

Love is respect offers 24/7/365 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat. Text: LOVEIS to 22522 or call 1.866.331.9474 for more information.

Other Local Resources: