Cal State LA Food Pantry

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Visit the Cal State LA Food Pantry to access fresh produce, perishable, and nonperishable foods. The pantry is a no-cost service to currently enrolled, degree-seeking Cal State LA students experiencing food insecurity.

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Summer Closure

The pantry is closed during the summer, but Student LunchBox will offer fresh produce and non-perishable foods on a monthly basis for currently enrolled (fall or summer 2024) students. No registration/reservation will be required to pick up food.

Dates: Wednesday, June 26, July 24, and August 14 

Time: 11a.m. - 1p.m.  

Location: U-SU Plaza 

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a free resource for currently enrolled (degree-seeking) Cal State LA students experiencing food insecurity. Students can access the pantry once a week, every week throughout the academic year. 

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

Students are encouraged to make an appointment through Navigate LA which can be easily accessed through the GETmobile app or your MyCalStateLA portal. Students can make a reservation every week, up to 7 days in advance.

Drop-ins are welcome if our appointments for that day and hour have not been filled. You can email our team to ask before visiting the pantry (we are working on getting a phone line). 

Please try to make the day and hour that you scheduled your appointment so that we can determine whether we can allow folks to drop in.

If you are late, early, or show up on a different day we will offer you a pre-packaged bag with up to 10 items. 

Sign up for Eddie Eats - Restaurant Meal Program

This program is intended to serve students, on a first come first serve basis, who needed to access the Food Pantry but were not able to secure a reservation in any given day that we are open that week. For example, you wanted to make an appointment on Monday but all slots were filled. 

Cal State LA students who are approved for this program will receive $50 (up to $200 per semester) to be deposited onto their One Card for use at participating on-campus food vendors.

Students must meet specific requirements :

  • Be currently enrolled (both undergraduate and graduate)
  • Must have a Golden Eagle One Card  
  • Must not have an on-campus meal plan that gives you access to unlimited meals. 
  • Must not have made an appointment or accessed the pantry the week they are applying for. 

Every week, we'll review all applications by Thursday. We'll email you to confirm whether you have been granted funds that week or not. You can expect funds to be deposited the next day, Friday. 

The pantry is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Union. Our hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please see the Campus Map.

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

*A student can pick up for one other student at a time, no exceptions.* 

Please bring reusable bags and have your One Card or CIN ready.

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.

Students get to choose what they want to take via a Microsoft form that students have access to once they check in. Please make sure to read the food labels of all items you consume and be cautious of major food allergens (i.e. milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans). 

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 ([email protected]) to arrange a drop-off. We also accept monetary donations through this link

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 or locate a community fridge in Los Angeles. 

Thank you Student Lunchbox

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We are grateful for our partnership with Student LunchBox. This organization donates fresh fruits and vegetables rescued from local farmers markets.

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