The Basic Needs Center at Merritt college is committed to advancing justice and holistic care on our campus to support the well-being of our students. We believe that food security, housing security, and financial stability are essential. The Basic Needs Center aims to remove barriers and offer tools and assistance to bolster students’ capacity to thrive personally and academically. We provide short-term emergency relief and connect students to campus and community resources. We are in the process of expanding virtual and physical workshop offerings and resource hubs.

All enrolled students including international and undocumented students are eligible for Basic Needs Center resources and services.

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Merritt College Emergency Aid Program: Project Success

Merritt S.O.U.L. Food Bank

Merritt College’s Food Bank occurs every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month when school is in session. It is held in R-127 (R Building, Student Center) from 12 PM to 2 PM. For more information, visit


Would you like to receive money for groceries every month? Apply for CalFresh here!

Alameda County Food Banks

Name Address Contact Information
Alameda Food Bank

(Only those who live or work in Alameda can receive food)

650 West Ranger Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-5850

Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr

Oakland, CA

(510) 775-2527
California Association of Food Banks 1611 Telegraph Ave, Ste 830

Oakland, CA

(510) 272-4435
Hope 4 the Heart Food Bank 22035 Meekland Ave

Hayward, CA

(510) 581-4673
Butler’s Pantry LLC Food Bank 2159 National Ave

Hayward, CA

Berkeley Food Network Food Bank 1925 9th St

Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Food Pantry Food Bank 1600 Sacramento St

Berkeley, CA

(510) 525-2280
Dorothy Day House Food Bank
Homeless Shelter
Berkeley, CA (925) 519-9881
Chubby Pantry Co Food Bank 3448 Oak Knoll Blvd

Oakland, CA

Monday Night Mission:
East Oakland Food Bank
5733 San Leandro St

Oakland, CA

(510) 516-0166

Building Futures/211/Operation Dignity

Contact Building Futures at 866-A-WAY-OUT (24 HOUR TOLL FREE CRISIS LINE) or Call 2-1-1 For the same intake The 24 hours, 7 days a week resource for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness is to call 2-1-1.

Staff there have the most in-depth knowledge of available resources, shelter locations, and available housing applications. There are a number of resources countywide that can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 or visiting their website at

Mobile Outreach Non-profit organizations Operation Dignity and Building Futures provide basic necessities to those experiencing homelessness while working on stabilizing their situation and helping them to find housing.

Dine and Connect

Dine and Connect Held on the last Monday of each month, dinners lead by Alameda’s faith based community provide more than just a warm meal to those experiencing homelessness. Alongside dinner, this program connects individuals to services and resources and fosters community with an opportunity for individuals to meet, talk, and connect.

Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church 1420 Lafayette St. Alameda, CA (click to view contact info)

Covia Home Match

Covia Home Match
881 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 351-1000
Home Match Oakland Rooms Catalog

East Bay Community Law Center’s Free Immigration Legal Services

To schedule a virtual appointment with the East Bay Community Law Center, click here.


We see you Panther Parents!!! We know it’s not easy juggling school, work, parenthood, and life. Merritt College and the Panther Basic Need Center are here to support you and your cubs (children) with Panther Pride.

Browse through the information below and click the links to access more support services and resources.