ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry

Associated Student Organization: ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry


Mission Statement

ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry was created to encourage campus pride and unity in a dignified manner.  The ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry has been designed to assist current AVC students who are making forward progress in their academic pursuits and are homeless and/or hungry in circumstances where supplemental nutritional food will benefit their academic success.


In 2011 the ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry program started to provide students in need with supplemental bi-monthly groceries.

In Spring 2014 the ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry program expanded to include a daily meal bag program.

Program Requirements

  • Be in good academic standing each semester and cumulatively with a 2.00 GPA or higher 
  • Have a 50% completion rate with forward academic progress
  • Have a current Education Plan and be on track for graduation
  • FAFSA or Dream Act application completed with the AVC Financial Aid Office
  • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters 

You can find the online application form here.

Pantry Grocery Distribution Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

For those students who have completed the application and received the approval email, the Pantry's Grocery Distribution:

  • 2nd Thursday of each month at the drive through Marauder's Market

  • 4th Thursday of each month at the drive though Marauder's Market

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Assist with weekly grocery distribution
  • Volunteer to create and assist with Dress for Success events
  • Volunteer to create activities of awareness within the college campus and local community 
  • We want you to build the program you want for Antelope Valley College

Community Resources

  • Grace Resource Center (661) 940-5272
  • Grace Thrift Center: (661) 726-9723
  • SAVEs (9am - 5pm, M-R): (661) 267-5191
  • Homeless Service (8am - 5pm, M-F): (661) 942-2758
  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health Food Pantry (661) 942-4719
  • Sexual Abuse Response (24 hours): (661) 945-6736
  • Valley Oasis Thrift Store (9am - 6pm, T-S): (661) 266-1948

Points to Remember

  • Grocery distribution is during the drive through Marauder's Market on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  
  • Day bags are suspended due to the campus closure because of COVID 19 pandemic

Pantry Chairpersons

  • ASO Executive Director of Special Programs:
  • Co-Chairperson:

Want to Help?

The ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry is supplied by the generous donations from students, staff, and members of the local community.  Check or cash donations can be made at the AVC Foundation Office or in the Student Life Office.  In the memo area please note - ASO Hearts & Hands Pantry.  Employees can contribute through payroll deductions each month.  Community members can also donate items from the list below.  Purchased items can be dropped off in the Student Life Office (T700 E1).

Donation Wish List


Pudding Cups

Granola Bars

Tuna to Go

Trail Mix

Fruit Cups

Apple Sauce

Fruit Snacks

Pretzels (Individual packages)

Goldfish Crackers

Peanut Butter Crackers

Ritz Bitz – Handi Snacks,

    Peanut Butter, Cheese








Pork & Beans

Peanut Butter (Jar & individual “to go” sizes needed)

Tomato Sauce

Meat Sauce

Beans – Refried, Baked,

     Kidney, Black, Pinto

Pasta – Ravioli, Beefaroni,




Mac & Cheese

Instant Potatoes

Spaghetti Noodles

Hamburger Helper

Individual Cereal (Bags and Individual boxes needed)

Oatmeal Packets



Pot Pies


Hot Pockets

Chicken Bakes


Pancake Sausage

Breakfast Sandwiches


Mini Bell Cheeses

String Cheese Sticks

Yogurt – Gogurt, Greek, Regular

Fruit – Apples, Oranges


Personal Hygiene

Toilet Paper

Dental Floss

Disposable Razors

Shave Cream/Gel

Individually wrapped Toothbrush






Last updated: April 28, 2021