Donate to Basic Needs Initiative

Give UC Davis - The Food Equity Initiative Fund

Give the gift of food security. Gifts to this fund support programs like Aggie Eats, ensuring that every UC Davis student has access to delicious, nutritious, healthy food.

Toiletries Donation

Please drop off your unused/unopened hair care, skin care, period products, oral hygiene items, and nail care products. Yes, we'll take your hotel shampoo and lotion collection! If you have any questions regarding acceptable donations, please email Julia Holland our Center Coordinator at

All donations will be placed in our Essentials Toiletry Pantry. The Essentials Pantry is accessible during our business hours. We currently have hair care products, body wash, deodorant, facial wipes, periods products, safe sex products, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. 

Formal Interview Clothes

We accept formal attire that can be worn to job interviews and/or career fairs. Please send our Center Coordinator an email at or bring your donations by the center during business hours. All donations go towards our Business Boutique

Donate Money

Tax-deductible donations to the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center provide not only emergency food and toiletries for students in need, but direct support for programs like Fruit & Veggie Up! and equipment to help us achieve our mission – including refrigeration, student interns, and transportation for food recovery. 

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Donate Food

To donate food and other essential items please fill out our donation form and bring your donations by the center during business hours. Email our Center Coordinator at or call us with any questions.

We prefer donations of nutrient dense items and limit donations of items like junk food, sugar sweetened beverages, and other empty calories.

Donate Your Time

Many of our partner programs could not operate without dedicated and passionate volunteers. Here are some volunteer opportunities around campus: