Food Assistance

Food Banks and Resources

If you need assistance find food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, use the Kern County 2-1-1 website to find someone who can help you.

Foodbank locations or food resources can be found by visiting or by the Why Hunger hotline at 1 (800) 5-HUNGRY (1-800-548-6479).

If your finances are deeply affected, you may become newly eligible for SNAP. You may be eligible if you are facing unexpected expenses and a likely loss of wages during this time due to the lack of paid family and medical leave. You may need plane fare to get home or money to pay your rent. As a student, you can download the Edquity app for information about food banks and other available emergency resources near Bakersfield College!

If you need further assistance, please email

Other Resources

  • COVID-19 BC and Community Resources: BC's dedicated page for community resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • California Association of Foodbanks: In addition to connecting you with food banks, this tool can also show you other types of food assistance programs. Enter your zip code above to find information about programs and resources in your county.
  • Feeding America Foodbank Search: The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.
  • CalFresh Portal for Students: CalFresh is a California financial aid program that helps students buy food and eat healthier. It won't affect your existing financial aid and you don't need your parent's tax return information to apply.
  • Social Care Network: Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
  • CCC & County & Mental Health Centers