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Basic Needs

Cal State LA Supports Student's basic needs
Cal State LA Supports Student's basic needs

Your support can make a difference in a student's life and help us expand our programs below.



Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Initiatives

Cal State LA Food Pantry

The Cal State LA Food Pantry, in partnership with University Auxiliary Services, offers currently-enrolled students a pre-filled bag of groceries every week for pick-up.

Students must sign up each week during the service period. Dietary restrictions are honored upon student request. This service is provided in alignment with University, county and city COVID-19 guidelines.


CalFresh Application Support/Point of Contact

The CalFresh Outreach Center assists students through the CalFresh/Los Angeles County DPSS application process. CalFresh, nationally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, supports the nutritional needs of residents of California in low-income households.

An average of 100 CalFresh applications are processed each semester.

Students eligible to receive CalFresh benefits can purchase food through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.


Emergency Housing

The Cal State LA Emergency Housing Program provides up to 14 days stay in campus housing for students who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. For more information and to apply: Emergency Housing Application


Emergency Grants

October 5, 2021 – Please Note: Only international student emergency grant applications will be reviewed at this time. For all other currently enrolled students, HEERF III emergency aid payments will be disbursed AUTOMATICALLY to you across the next few days – please DO NOT submit this application to receive your HEERF III emergency aid. Only international students need to complete this application to receive their HEERF III emergency aid. Emergency Grant Application.


Emergency Loans

Cal State LA students are eligible to apply for a 30-day loan of up to $250.

The application and reference forms and further information concerning the 30-day loan program are available in the Administration building, room 140.


Food and Housing Security Task Force

In fall 2016, the Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force was established by President William A. Covino. He recognized that issues of food and housing can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of our students and, as a direct corollary, on their academic success and progress toward graduation. The Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force includes Office of the Dean of Students, University-Student Union, Student Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, Associated Students, Inc., Center for Student Financial Aid, Educational Opportunity Program, and the Academic Senate.



The CARE Team serves as a core resource for faculty and staff to refer “students of concern.” This means students for whom faculty and staff are deeply concerned – students who are profoundly struggling, overwhelmed, experiencing unforeseen traumatic experiences or basic needs insecurity, etc. The goal is to intervene and help students who may be in distress, or causing distress, before the impact of their circumstances on themselves and/or others rises to crisis levels.




 Quick Numbers


Students served by the food pantry per week, and demand is expected to grow.



Average number of CalFresh applications processed each semester.