Thrive Center offers free groceries, snacks contraceptives, and diapers

Thrive Center, Feb. 22
Student shopping looking at refrigerated produce by Jakki Padilla

The Thrive Center is a basic needs center eligible for all Santa Ana College students as a resource, located in Room 206 in the Village.

However, they only allow four people at once in the center with the demand for their services such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal workshops, and more food variety increasing amidst the rising costs of food insecurity. 


Students are eligible for one free bag of groceries per week.

Inside the Thrive Center is a small assortment of, among other things, canned goods like soup, tuna, tomato sauce, fresh potatoes, onions, spaghetti, milk, eggs, and a few bags of cereal among other items as part of the grocery program. The amount is limited to what you can carry in your bags, and it is recommended to bring your own. Bags are available on a first come first serve basis. Microwave is available to heat frozen food. Peak times are usually on Wednesday mornings because it is the day that the center gets restocked. 

The operating hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday’s have shortened hours from noon to 2 p.m.


You can get snacks once a day throughout all operating hours. Snack availability may vary, but the most well-known snacks available there previously have been potato ramen, granola bars, protein-shake mix (enough for one drink) and Cheez-It are available. 

Diaper Program

Pampers branded diapers in sizes from 0 to 7 are available to all those in need of their babies and toddlers at Those who register will get 50 diapers a month from the center. 

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Contraceptives and Menstrual supplies

Tampons and menstrual pads from Kotex and Always among other brands and condoms of all sizes are available daily upon request at the Thrive Center. It’s a good idea to keep extra in your bag in case anyone needs one.


Thrive Center, Feb 22nd students getting groceries on a busy Wednesday.

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