C.A.R.E. (Community Allocated Resources for Everyone) Corner is an on-campus Basic Needs Center for all students to secure their food, clothing, wellness and financial needs.

Getting Connected

Drop-In Hours

For quick questions, join drop-in hours with our Basic Needs Coordinator, Monday - Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 430 552 6955
Passcode: CARE


What Supports Are You Seeking?


CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program funded by the USDA that can help students buy the food they need to live healthy and active lifestyles. It may help stretch a tight food budget by allowing students to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diet. Students may receive $281/month on average.


Students who are enrolled in at least 6 units and meet AT LEAST ONE of the following are likely eligible:

  • Working and getting paid for at least 20 hours/week
  • Approved (awarded or accepted) for federal or state work study 
  • Received Cal Grant A or B
  • Parents or legal guardians

We help students throughout the application process. Schedule an appointment with our staff for CalFresh support.

On-Campus Resources

Food Resource Center (PE 502)

Our on-campus food resource center stands as a one-stop shop for all currently enrolled students to access food. From fresh produce to dairy products and meats, we have you covered!

Stop by Room PE 502 to pick up your food. You may fill out a Food Request Form in advance, but this is not required. (Click here to access the Saddleback Campus Map)

We are open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FOODA Meal Subsidy

FOODA provides breakfast and lunch options through a rotation of pop-up restaurants in the cafeteria located upstairs in the SSC building.

Students who are experiencing food insecurity and are enrolled in at least 6 units of ON-campus classes may be eligible for our on-campus free meal program. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more.

Off-Campus Resources

Local Food Resource Centers

View Food Resource Centers  in your Zip Code 

Community Housing Resources

StandUp for Kids

Students between the ages of 18-24 may receive case management support from our community partner organization.

The HomeShare OC Program- HIS OC

This community partner program matches students with homeowners who have a spare room available to rent at a reduced rate.

Emergency Shelters

Are You Currently Experiencing Homelessness?

Experiencing homelessness means you do not have a stable place to live and are temporarily staying with friends/family, temporarily staying at hotels/motels, living in your vehicle OR are couch surfing.

Schedule an appointment with us to receive on-campus support. You may also be eligible for these resources:

  • California State Identification Card
  •  Birth Certificates
    • Students born in CA and are currently experiencing homelessness can request a free copy of their birth certificates
      • Meet with the Basic Needs Coordinator for application support
  • Post Office Box
    • Students experiencing homelessness may be eligible for a no-cost P.O. Box
      • Meet with the Basic Needs Coordinator for application support
    • Students may also receive mail by having it sent to “General Delivery” and the post office will hold the mail for 30 days maximum
      • Example: Student’s Name/ General Delivery / City, State Zip

Mental Health

Student Health and Wellness Center

  • Visit the Student Health and Wellness Center page or call (949) 582-4606 to schedule an appointment with a therapist, or please click here to access the appointment form.
  • If you are on-campus and seeking emergency support please walk into the Student Health Center in Room SSC 177

After Hours Crisis Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis after hours, these resources are available to you:

  • Dial 988 for 24-hour Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711 then 988, or use the online chat here.
  • Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “COURAGE” to 741741.
  • The OC Warmline offers non-crisis mental health support for anyone struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Call (877)910-WARM (Staff providing the services has been through a similar journey, either as a mental health or substance use services consumer, or as a family member of an individual receiving these services.)

Physical Health

Student Health and Wellness Center

  • To schedule a tele-health or in-person medical appointment with a nurse practitioner, nurse, or therapist, please click here to access the appointment form or call (949) 582-4606.
  • If you are on-campus and experiencing a medical emergency, please call campus police at (949) 582-4444.

After Hours Medical Resources

If you are experiencing a medical emergency after hours dial 9-1-1 immediately.


Our center has partnered with the OC Diaper Bank to support our parenting students and provide up to 75 diapers or pull-ups per child per month! Sizes range from Newborn diapers (size 0) to Pull-Ups XL (size 4T-5T).

Fill out this request form and drop by our Food Resource Center in Room PE 502 for pick-up. (Click here to access the Saddleback Campus Map). Pick-up hours are limited to our Food Resource Center Hours (Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.).


Hygiene Supplies

Hygiene products including toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, soap, body lotion, and razors are available to all currently enrolled students. Schedule an appointment with us to access this resource.

Shower Facilities

  • On-campus showers are available in the PE 100 building located in lower campus.     
  • Showers are available to all students and unlocked between 5:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. 
  • Showers may be accessed after-hours by calling campus police at (949) 582-4585. If a student does not have access to a phone, they may use the blue emergency phone located in front of the PE 500 building.


  • Day-use and semester lockers are free and available to currently enrolled students. 
  • To be assigned a locker, visit The Athletics Division Office in Room PE 420.

Laundry Facilities 

Laundry Love is an organization that partners with laundromats throughout the U.S. to offer low-income families free laundry services.

Local Facilities:

  • Sparklean Lake Forest
    23532 El Toro Rd
    Lake Forest, CA 92630

This facility offers up to 9 loads of prepaid laundry services per person the first Wednesday of each month. It is first come first serve, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This facility provides detergent and a light snack for visitors.

Student Emergency Fund

Students seeking urgent financial support may apply for the Student Emergency Fund. Please email the Saddleback College Foundation at saddlebackfoundation@saddleback.edu for an application.

Financial Wellness

Visit the Financial Aid page for information on applying for financial aid. Select the Menu icon at the top of this page, then select "Apply & Pay" and then "Financial Aid."

Saddleback Foundation Student Scholarships

For more information on available student scholarships, navigate to the search bar at the top of this page and search “foundation.” Select “Saddleback College Foundation” and on this page you may access the link to apply for scholarships.


The CARE Corner Closet provides gently used clothing to all students who are enrolled in the current semester. Items available include professional attire, t-shirts, sweatshirts/jackets, pants, shoes, accessories and children’s clothes! Students may visit the CARE Corner Closet once per semester. Call (949) 582-4606 or email scstudenthealth@saddleback.edu to schedule a Clothing Closet appointment.


We welcome your gently used clothing donations with open arms!  Please call the Student Health Center at (949) 582-4606 to schedule a drop-off time.

Free Student OC Bus Pass

All Saddleback students ride the OC Bus for Free! For more information, click on the menu icon at the top of this page, select “Student Support,” then scroll down to select “Free Bus Pass.”

2-1-1 Ride

211RIDE is a free one-click trip planning tool offering information about available transportation options in Orange County.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP

This federal program provides low-income households with a one-time payment to cover the cost of heating/cooling and utilities.


Affordable Connectivity Program

This federal program helps low-income households to pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.



  • Low-income customers that are enrolled in the CARE program receive a 30-35% discount on their electric bill and a 20% discount on their natural gas bill.
  • Families whose household income slightly exceeds the CARE allowances will qualify to receive FERA discounts, which applies an 18% discount on their electricity bill. FERA is available for customers of Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Career Support

For support as you navigate your future career path, visit the Career Support page. Click on the menu icon at the top of this page, select "Student Support," then "Career Support."

Working On-Campus

There are many opportunities for students to work on-campus including Federal Work Study, CalWORKs Work Study, and tutoring positions!

For more information visit the Career Support page. Click on the menu icon at the top of this page, select "Student Support," then "Career Support." Scroll down to select "Working on Campus."

Our Mission

The C.A.R.E Corner is committed to providing reliable resources, support, and advocacy to students facing food, housing and financial insecurity. We aim to connect students with essential resources to overcome financial hardship, support their academic success and create a secure foundation for their future

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide holistic, compassionate, and equitable support services, ensuring that all students can thrive in their academic pursuits and personal wellbeing. We strive to eliminate basic needs insecurity, expand access to essential resources and foster equal opportunities for success. As a safe and inclusive space for all students, we actively seek to identify and serve those most in need.


Diana Lerner, DNP, FNP-C, CPN, AE-C

Interim Dean of Wellness, Social Services and Child Development Center