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Emergency Notification

Cal State LA Food Pantry

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Visit the Cal State LA Food Pantry to access fresh produce, perishable, and nonperishable foods. This weekly service is free for all Cal State LA students.

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


University-Student Union
Third Floor, Room 308E (see campus map)

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected]

To reserve your spot, please click the button below.

  • Reservation can only be made up to 7 days in advance.
  • Same day reservation are not possible through our reservation system.
  • If something unexpected arises, you can show up for your appointment any day within the same week. 

This service is limited to 210 students a week. If you make a reservation, be mindful of your commitment to pick up your food.

How it Works

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  • Please bring your OneCard or have your CIN ready to check-in.
  • Complete a check-in form upon arrival.
  • Choose 10 items from our inventory list. 
  • Please bring a reusable bag. 
  • Food Pantry staff will bag your items.

Please note, some items in the pantry may have a past Best By Date. This does not mean it is no longer healthy to consume, and we encourage you to review the USDA's Food Safety Basics

Thank You Student LunchBox


student lunch box logo with a square figure wearing a cap and holding diploma and a lunchbox

We are grateful for our partnership with Student LunchBox.

This organization donates fresh fruits and vegetables rescued from local farmers markets.

They also distirbute food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Visit our Partner


Who's this resource for?

This is a free resource for currently enrolled Cal State LA students only.​

Please visit the LA Food Bank locator to find another food pantry near you.

Where do I go to pick up my food?

Students can pick up food at the Student Union on the 3rd floor. Please see the Campus Map.

What if I can't pick up myself? Can I have someone else do it for me?

Yes. Please have the person provide your name, CIN, and a picture of your One Card. 

*a student can only pick up for one other friend at a time* 

What do I need to bring when I visit?

A reusable bag and have your One Card or CIN ready.

What's available?

Every week varies and this service is available while supplies last but expect to choose from grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and other food pantry items.

What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Students get to choose what they want in their bag. Please make sure to read the food labels of all items you consume. 

Does the Food Pantry take donations?

Thank you for your interest in donating! We accept non-perishable foods and some produce. You may drop off the items at the pantry during our business hours or email the Coordinator of Food Security ( to arrange a drop-off. We also accept monetary donations through this link

What about other basic needs resources?

In addition to the Food Pantry, the Office of the Dean of Students website also contains information about our Emergency Financial and Housing Assistance and the CalFresh Outreach Center.

Please visit the LA Food Bank locator to find another food pantry near you.

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