Student Needs

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Resource Distribution – By The Numbers


Bags of Groceries


Meal Gift Cards


Bag Lunches


Hot Spots

West Valley College will be providing boxed lunches, one grocery bag, and lunch gift cards for current students starting next week. Please, read the email carefully and reserve all the items you are interested in. You must complete EACH FORM for each resource you are interested in. You will receive a confirmation email if you were part of the first 200 students to complete the forms. You must be able to pick up the items yourself. If you have any questions, please email

Three Simple Steps

  1. Complete and submit applicable forms. Check your email (spam) for the weekly form.
  2. Receive a confirmation email on Sunday.
  3. Bring student ID and current class schedule for pickup on Monday between 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM in front of the Fox Building and Student Services Center.
Emergency Financial Assistance

West Valley College can provide emergency financial assistance to those who qualify. Assistance is provided to students who are facing financial hardship related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

You must meet these minimum requirements to be eligible:

  • Enrolled in Fall 2020 in at least 6 units
  • Amount of award will vary based on units enrolled
  • Already completed at least 12 units at West Valley College

If you haven't already done so, you'll need to submit your Financial Aid application before receiving emergency funds. It's free.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Equity and Success at

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Food Resources On Campus

West Valley College students who cannot attend the grocery giveaway are encouraged to visit West Valley Community Services Food Pantry once per week anytime between Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at 10104 Vista Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014. Student ID required.

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Food Resources Off Campus

West Valley College students who cannot attend the grocery giveaway are encouraged to visit West Valley Community Services by visiting the food pantry once per week, and showing school ID. West Valley college students are encouraged to visit the food pantry anytime during the following: Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Food pantry located in 10104 Vista Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014.

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Internet and Laptop Resources

To access internet services, Comcast Essentials offers home wifi for $9.95/month. They also offer low cost computers for $149 for those who qualify for the Comcast Essentials program. Basic qualifications: Must be eligible for public assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, CalFresh, SSI, TANF, WIC, VA Pension, or tribal assistance and be able to provide documentation. Students are not required to provide SSN, or have a Debit/Credit Card for payment.

Some students may qualify solely on the address provided, or based on school attendance. The college can provide emergency funds to pay for this home computer to those who apply and qualify. If you are interested in applying for emergency assistance, contact Samantha Hernandez, Director of Student Needs by completing the Student Needs Form.

The college can provide emergency funds to pay to those who qualify based on a financial aid assessment.

Everyone can now access 1.5 million out-of-home Xfinity WiFi hotspots for free: These hotspots are normally located in business areas, retail locations and transit areas. To find your nearest hotspot, enter your zip code below. Once you are at the location, follow the instructions at to join the hotspot.


Office of Student Needs Team

Provides support services for current and former youth, wards of the court, unaccompanied homeless youth, undocumented students and student facing food and housing insecurity.

The Office of Student Needs will be still be available to provide services to students during the in-class suspension. The office of Student Needs will be able to deliver services to students via phone calls, Cranium Cafe and email communication. Students who are undocumented, former or foster youth, and housing and food insecure can contact Director of Student Needs, Samantha Hernandez by completing a self-referral form. Students will then be contacted by Samantha Hernandez to schedule a one-on-one phone call, and learn about Student Needs.

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Summer Hours

June 1 – August 15
Day Hours
Monday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Food Insecure Students

Visit the two Food Pantry new locations, and stop by any time during the following hours to grab food items. Students will need to bring their student ID and sign in.

  • Student Services Center (SSC), located inside Health Services
    Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Campus Center (CC) 302, located inside the Office of Student Needs
    Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Office of Student Needs has canceled weekly grocery pick up until further notice. If you are a student in need of free groceries and hot food items, please visit Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Students can enter their zip code to find food distribution near their area.

Valley Community Services On Campus Mobile Pantry will take place every Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM in parking lot 3 and will not be affected during the in-person class suspension. If you are not able to pick up groceries that day, feel free to visit their main pantry located at 10104 Vista Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014 or call 408-255-8033. Students must show their student ID in order to get free groceries at BOTH locations.

Homeless Students

Bill Wilson Center (BWC) provides services to young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 years old in Santa Clara County. BWC programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy. The case manager allocated to assist West Valley College students, will be meeting with students off campus via referral by Director of Student Needs, Samantha Hernandez. To schedule a phone meeting please complete the self-referral form to get assistance.

Phone Number: (408) 275-8770

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) partners with other agencies and nonprofit organizations to make supportive services available to our residents and tenants located in Santa Clara County. Services offered by other agencies include emergency support to families, food, transportation, shelter referrals, clothing and housing assistance.

Phone number: (408) 291-8650

We design, develop and manage affordable housing for low-income households. Click on the link to find a list of information about affordable housing in the Bay Area.

Phone Number: (408) 468-0100

Learn more about available support for families and individuals facing housing instability or homelessness.

Phone Number: (408) 961-9895

The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System has temporary financial assistance available to help low-income residents who have lost income and are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-related impacts

Hotline Number: (408) 278-6420

A temporary housing crisis hotline to field calls from members of the public that are unhoused and vulnerable. Callers will be prompted to leave a message if all operator lines are busy. They check the messages left regularly, if client cannot reach them the first time.

If you are experiencing housing insecurity, please contact our Director of Student Needs, Samantha Hernandez by completing a self-referral form to learn about more services.

Undocumented Students

A variety of scholarships are available at the state, national and local level for students. The Office of Student needs is available to help, and to assist in any way possible. Please contact our Director of Student Needs, Samantha Hernandez, by completing a self-referral form to get assistance.

Foster Students

The Office of Student Needs provides support services and resources for former or current foster youth. Please contact our Director of Student Needs, Samantha Hernandez, by completing self-referral form to get assistance.

The Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) provides quality education and support opportunities for caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers may meet the educational, emotional, and developmental needs of children and youth.

Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)

Last Updated 1/13/21