Basic Needs

Basic Needs at College of Alameda takes a holistic, student-centered approach to helping students with the basics, so that they can focus on their education. Our services include three pillar programs: The Market, Tasty Tuesday, and The Boutique. When available, we also distribute: Emergency Food Grants, Emergency Aid, Wi-Fi Hot Spots, and we help connect students to other Basic Needs resources both within and outside the CoA community.

Information on our short-term, more immediate services can be found below. For more long-term, sustained services, please review this Resource Guide.


Grant Amount: $300.00, one-time grant provided as a gift cards for Safeway

Purpose: Groceries

To Apply: Complete the online form HERE

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Home campus must be College of Alameda
  • Must be enrolled in at least three (3) units at College of Alameda
  • Have not received Emergency Food Grant in prior semesters
  • High school special enrollment students are NOT eligible for Emergency Food Grants

Contact: Jeremy Simmons, Basic Needs Coordinator,

The Market at CoA

Free produce and select grocery items are available to students* and staff on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month while class is in session at The Market at CoA

Time: 11:30am-1:30pm located behind the Student Center / F-Building

*Students should bring a valid student ID with current term sticker and reusable shopping bags


Free personal care items are available to our students on select Tuesdays. We can help students with:

  • Personal Care/Hygiene (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Laundry Supplies (detergent, fabric Softener, etc.)

Available to all students enrolled in at least one course at CoA.  Students can stop-by our pop-up version of The Market in F-Bldg on Tuesdays when we do not have produce/groceries (usually the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month).

If you are not able to make it to one of The Market’s on a Tuesday and need help with food or personal care items, contact: Jeremy Simmons, Basic Needs Coordinator, to make an appointment to visit outside our normal hours for The Market.

"TheBoutique" Logo


The Boutique is an extension of the on-campus pantry and offers a variety of free, gently used clothing items and accessories. The Boutique is primarily supplied via donations; so items are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Time: TBA

Location: Student Center / F-Building (1st Floor)

"Tasty Tuesday" Logo


In collaboration with Academic Programs and Student Services, Tasty Tuesday provides FREE weekly lunch for currently enrolled students. Lunches are available while’s supplies last.  Students must present their ID with a valid, current semester sticker.

Time: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location: Student Center / F-Building (unless otherwise indicated)


A limited number of internet wi-fi hot spot devices are available to students enrolled in at least one online course — hot spots are checked-out to students on a first-come, first served basis and are not guaranteed to be available.

Submit a request using this online request form.

The COA Library’s has Chromebooks for Checkout

Registered COA students may check out a Chromebook from the Library for the entire semester. For more information, visit the College of Alameda Library.


our contacts

Jeremy Simmons
Basic Needs Coordinator

L: Building F, First Floor