Cal State LA Food Pantry

Student standing in front of shelves stocked with canned goods.

Students shouldn’t have to stress over food insecurity. That’s why the Cal State LA Food Pantry offers free food to currently enrolled students regardless of verified need.

Grab a bag of nonperishable food items during our weekly service days or support Golden Eagles by donating to the Food Pantry. Our goal is to keep food insecurity from being a barrrier to student success.

Location and Hours 

We are located in the University Student Union, Room 308E (across from the Los Angeles Room) 

The Food Pantry is open fall and spring semesters during the following hours:

  • Service Days: Wednesdays, 11 a.m – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Currently enrolled Cal State LA students are eligible to pick up pre-packaged food bags.
    • For appointments outside of this schedule please contact 323-343-3103.
  • Donation Days: Mondays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Staff, faculty, and students can donate non-perishable food items.
    • All donations must canned, dried or pre-packaged as non-perishable

The Food Pantry is open by appointment only during winter and summer breaks.

Accessing Services 

Cal State LA students can pick up a bag of food by showing:

  • proof of enrollment (available through GET); and
  • their student ID

Pantry to Plate

Pantry to Plate is a series of live cooking demos where we prepare meals using ingredients that are commonly distributed at the Food Pantry. Learn to make fast, healthy meals and enjoy free samples!

For upcoming dates, visit Pantry to Plate.


Giving is Golden at Cal State LA! Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Cal State LA Food Pantry, U-SU 308 E
Mondays & Wednesdays (during the semester) 
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., 

Office of the Dean of Students, SA 115
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Center for Student Involvement, U-SU 204
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If your department is interested in becoming a Cal State LA Food Pantry donation site, please contact us at 323-343-3103. 

Consider the following non-perishable food items when donating to the Food Pantry:




Other Food Items

  • Rice
  • Oats/Oatmeal
  • Cornmeal
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Canned Meats
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Soy Products
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Vegetables 
  • Canned Fruits
  • 100% Vegetable Juice
  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Soups
  • Snacks
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Non-perishable Vegetarian/Vegan options

Food Pantry Data for Academic Year 2018-19

The Cal State LA Food Pantry distributed approximately 4,616 bags of food during the 2018-19 academic year. Of the students who used the service:

  • 56% were female
  • 42.8% were male
  • 1.1% were gender non conforming
  • 80.9% lived off campus
  • 19.1% lived on campus 
  • 8.8% received CalFresh

Request a Presentation

Our staff is available for presentations on food and housing security. If interested, please submit a presentation request.  

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