Basic Needs

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

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Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Initiatives

Cal State LA Food Pantry

The Cal State LA Food Pantry is operated through the Division of Student Life. The pantry offers pre-selected and pre-filled bags of nonperishable food items for students to pick up every Wednesday. Students are able to swap one to two items as needed. Dietary restrictions are honored upon student request. Each bag is filled with items that follow the MyPlate dietary guidelines and include provisions for multiple meals.

Non-perishable food donations are accepted anytime during the week at the CalFresh Outreach Center, Dean of Students Office, and Center for Student Involvement.

The Food Pantry serves an average of 150 students per week; demand is expected to grow.

The Food Pantry is supervised by professional staff and maintained by student volunteers. 


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.


Meal Sharing Program

Our Feed-A-Need meal sharing pilot program was launched through Housing and Residence Life in spring 2019. Residents will have the opportunity to donate one meal per semester to the Cal State LA Feed the Need program.

Opportunities to donate to the Feed the Need program will also be available to the campus community.


Emergency Housing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer emergency housing services on-campus at this time. If you need housing assistance, please request an appointment with Office of the Dean of Students to discuss potential alternative resources: [email protected]


Emergency Grants

The University has a limited amount of grant funding to support students who are experiencing emergencies that may interfere with their academic progress. For grant consideration, please complete an 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 is a campus resource for students, faculty and staff who have concerns regarding alarming, problematic and/or disruptive student behavior. The team responds to non-emergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise 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.