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Get Your Basic Needs Met

If you do not have access to food, clothing, housing, technology, or other basic needs as a result of COVID-19 closures, then we are here to connect you with college or community resources.

CARES Act Funds for Students

The federal CARES Act includes support for higher education institutions to help address impacts on our students. Check your Message Center eServices message center to learn how to increase your chances of receiving these funds. You can also learn about CARES Act at American River College, Assistance for American Workers and Families, or Economic Stimulus Checks.

Services and Resources

Many students experience homeless or unsafe housing conditions.  To meet this need, and by the gift of gracious donors, we offer a short-term hotel voucher system and then additional support to help students secure long-term housing. 

Select below for housing referrals, and contact information.

Housing Resources

We offer referrals to Community Resources to locate additional shelter and low-income housing options, rental assistance programs and more!

Housing Insecure Student Referral

Roommate Board -

Coming Soon! We are in the process of developing a roommate posting board for Los Rios students.  

For more information, please email

Food and Grocery Resources

On-Campus Food Pantry

We offer a wide variety of non-perishable food items for our students.  Resources are first come, first serve and can be accessed on-campus during our business hours.  All students are welcome!

Produce Distributions

The Beaver Cares Center offers walk-up produce distributions on certain Tuesdays throughout the semester where we provide free fruits and vegetables. Open to all currently enrolled ARC students.

  • Location: Next to Portable Village
  • Upcoming Date(s): Tuesday, August 30th (9am - 11am)*
  • *Students not pre-registered can walk-up after 10:30am

Sign Up for: 

September-December produce distributions

Grocery Gift cards

For our students who are remote or long-distance, we offer digital grocery gift cards. 

If you are in need of this resource, please to apply.

Beaver Cares Application For E-Gift Card

CalFresh Application Assistance

We have a team of CalFresh Ambassadors to assist with CalFresh applications. CalFresh is the new SNAP or former food stamp program.
To apply or for income guidelines, please visit this site.

If you would like more information, please email us at:

Additional Beaver Cares Resources

Diaper and Baby Needs Pantry

We now offer a full diaper, wipes and baby food pantry for our students who are on-campus” Students are able to access these services monthly.

Baby Beavers Diaper Pantry Request

Textbook Assistance

For our low-income students with extenuating financial circumstances, we offer textbook vouchers.  To apply for this program and learn more information,

Fall 2022 Textbook Voucher Application Form

Nutritional Education Series

Want to learn how to maximize your grocery budget? 

In collaboration with CalWorks and our Culinary Department, we offer a fun and informative nutritional education course via Canvas complete with a live cooking demonstration each month. 

Participants learn how to make simple dishes, on a budget, kitchen tips and tricks and basic nutrition information. 

Students who complete the assignments each month receive free cookware and other kitchen tools.

Apply for this series.

ARC & SCC - Nutritional Education Series Fall 2022 Sign-up

Money Matters

Money Matters is designed to help students develop a healthy financial lifestyle by learning and applying some of the key foundational concepts of financial literacy and well-being.

We desire to help you meet current and future financial obligations, feel secure in your financial future and make choices that let you enjoy life.

We are providing this program because we know that financial wellness is a basic need that can improve all aspects of your life. When your financial life is in order, many of the other aspects simply fall into place.

Money Matters Fall 2022 Sign-up

Clothing and Household items

Program information: 

NEW! We are partnering with Sacramento Family Services to offer streamlined access to their Sacramento warehouse of FREE clothing, shoes, accessories (including professional clothing), children’s clothing, games, baby needs, household supplies and much more.

Sacramento Food Bank & Clothing Program Resources Request Form