CHICO, Calif. - Wildfires and the coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges for students.
"It's hard being a student sometimes you know with having to buy groceries and pay your bills and balance all of your finances," explained Chico State student, Tiarra Blanche.
"Since March, I got laid off so I don't have a source of income at all," said Chico State student, Clint Hollister.
Chico State Basic Needs Project is seeking help to assist those in dire need.
The university says $50 could cover a student’s utility bill and $100 could stock the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry with 150 pounds of fresh produce.
"In order to feed yourself and do all of that and also being a full-time student and when you are stressed your appetite goes down and stuff and it is just hard," shared Blanche. "The Basic Needs Project and the food pantry is helpful because they are providing a need, food."
Students at Chico State who rely on resources from the Basic Needs Project shared why giving back is so important.
"What we want to be able to do is give back," said Hollister. "While we don't have that much to give as students, the whole point for us being here is to invest in a future that is sustainable where we can have enough to support ourselves and enough to be able to give back."
Giving back and donating could help some Chico state students with challenges like homelessness, and hunger. To make a donation, click HERE.