Basic Needs Program

People Donating Food To Charity Food Bank Collection In a Community Center

LBCC Campuses are closed to students and members of the public as of Tue, March 17, 2020. Student Services are not conducting business in-person until further notice. Please visit the LBCC Coronavirus COVID-19 website for alternative means of service.

Basic Needs COVID-19 Website

Long Beach City College has implemented a basic needs program to address hunger and housing insecurity among students. The program is supported by the Healthy Viking Initiative and will provide increased access to food, direct referrals to appropriate housing agencies and information regarding transportation resources to LBCC students.

Food Security

Better Breakfast Day

In an effort to address the high to moderate levels of food insecurity that students are facing across the state, the California Community College Chancellor’s office has provided a hunger-free allotment. The Better Breakfast Day was created from this allotment and is a monthly free breakfast event held at both the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) and the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC). Follow us on our Instagram account (@lbcc_healthyvikings) for Better Breakfast locations, dates and times.

The Viking Vault Food Pantry

Long Beach City College has opened a food pantry at both the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) as well as the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC). Non-perishable groceries are available to all students based on a points system. Once per semester, students are asked to fill out a Basic Needs Assessment. Students must present their school ID when they sign in. Follow us on our Instagram account @lbcc_healthyvikings for dates and times of operation.

The Viking Vault Grab-n-Go distributions will return for Summer in the month of July. Please return here for updates on when the next distribution event will take place, and if you are in need for emergency groceries, please contact the Basic Needs Manager, Justin Mendez.

Mini Viking Vaults

Mini Viking Vaults are located in the Student Health Services office. Students can stop by and grab an individually wrapped snack while on campus.


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. Students can receive awards up to $193 a month for groceries.

For more information on how to sign up, visit the Student Portal at
CalFresh Outreach Days

CalFresh Representatives from the L.A. Regional Food Bank will be visiting both the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) and the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) multiple times per month to provide application assistance to students interested in applying. Follow us on our Instagram account @lbcc_healthyvikings for dates and times of the CalFresh Outreach Events.

Housing Security

The Basic Needs Program at Long Beach City College has partnered with community agencies to identify available housing resources for students who may be experiencing housing insecurity. The Basic Needs Program offers information as well as direct referrals.

Please contact:

Dianka Lohay
Basic Needs Program Manager
(562) 938-3241

General Transportation

Getting Around From Campus to Campus

Eligible students are sent an e-mail notification with information about how to get their bus passes and are linked to an online acknowledgment form. Once students agree to the acknowledgment form, they receive a confirmation e-mail which they then take to the Cashier’s office with their LBCC student ID card starting on August 19, 2019. If a student cannot find their confirmation e-mail, they may contact the cashier’s office in Building A, Room 1081 (LAC) or Building GG, Room 101 (PCC) for assistance. The pass is valid for the entire 2019 Fall semester, from August 19th – December 14th, 2019.

LAC/PCC Campus Shuttle

Have classes on both campuses, or just need to get from one campus to the other? No problem. The Viking Voyager runs regularly between the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) and the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC), as well as from the Veterans Memorial Stadium Parking Lot to the north side of LAC. You can take the shuttle for free for the first two weeks of the semester and then can ride for free after that with your College Services Card.

“Strong Beach” Bus Pass Pilot Program

Who is eligible for a free Long Beach Transit bus pass?

College Promise (include Promise 2.0), Viking Advantage, and full-time students who are in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as having a cumulative G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.0 or better and 50% completion of all units attempted.

How do I get my bus pass?

If you are newly eligible (didn’t have a pass in fall 2019, but are eligible in spring 2020)

You will receive an e-mail to let you know that you are eligible to receive a free Long Beach Transit bus pass. When you receive the e-mail, please click on the link to read the agreement. Click “Yes” to accept the terms and conditions. Once you click “Yes,” you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Starting on Monday, February 3, 2020, bring your LBCC student ID card and e-mail confirmation to the Cashier’s office in Building A, Room 1081 (LAC) or Building GG, Room 101 (PCC). It is very important that you bring your LBCC student ID card with you. The Cashier’s office will review your e-mail confirmation and place a TAP sticker on your LBCC student ID card. Note that you need not print the email confirmation. You can show it to the Cashier on your mobile device.

If you received a pass in fall 2019 and are eligible in spring 2020:

You will receive an e-mail to let you know that your TAP sticker will be reactivated for the Spring 2020 semester: February 3-June 4, 2020. You do not need to visit the Cashier’s office again.

When and where can I pick up my pass?

Starting on Monday, February 3, 2020 you can pick up your pass in the Cashier’s Office in LAC, A-1081 or PCC, GG-101.

Does Long Beach Transit offer a discounted pass for students?

Yes, Long Beach Transit sells a discounted pass for students who are enrolled in a minimum of 12 units with proof of enrollment. Student 30-day passes are available for $40, which is less than the regular cost of $65 cost for a 30-day pass. More information is online at

If I am not eligible for a free pass, can I buy a discounted bus pass at LBCC?

LBCC does not sell Long Beach Transit passes at this time. Information on purchasing a discounted student pass is online at

LB Transit Tap Student Bus Pass

If you’re traveling to the college with public transportation, Long Beach Transit offers a reduced-fare student Transit Access Pass. LBT Student TAPs are $40/month (much better than the usual $65/month!). 

Zap-176 LB Transit Line

ZAP-176 is part of Long Beach Transit’s regular service and runs between Technology Park/Villages at Cabrillo via Pacific Coast Highway, linking the Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus as well as the Long Beach Airport and the Metro Blue Line. Route 176 is a “ZAP” service that has fewer stops, resulting in faster travel times. Check out the ZAP schedule.