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Cal State LA Food Pantry

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The Cal State LA Food Pantry, in partnership with University Auxiliary Services, offers currently enrolled students a pre-filled bag of perishable and non-perishable groceries every week. Our physical Food Panty on campus is located on the 3rd floor of the U-Student Union. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Spring 2022 Services

Students who are interested, must:

  • Be currently enrolled
  • Sign up each week in advance and pick up during the service period from January 17 until May 20.
  • Did not get a chance to sign up? You can drop in and choose up to five items we have in stock. 

Our Food Pantry is located at the Student Union on the 3rd floor.

We are open during finals week but will close from May 23 - to June 3, 2022. We hope to resume operations in the summer but will post more information about that soon. 

Sign-Up & Pick-Up

Students must sign up a week in advance. The sign-up form will be available every week starting Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays, or once it has reached 200 sign-ups, whichever takes place first.

During service weeks, students can pick up their grocery bag on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Food Pantry Sign-Up

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Step 1: Sign-Up

Complete the Cal State LA Food Pantry Sign-Up Form (Microsoft form).

  • You will be prompted to log in with your student MyCalStateLA login credentials.  (Please do not use student work email addresses.)
  • Provide us with a cell phone number so that we can contact you as needed.
  • Choose a bag type: meat-based or vegetarian.
  • Choose a pick-up date and time.

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Step 2: Pick-Up

Pick up your grocery bag at the day and time you selected on your sign-up form. If you miss your appointment, come on another distribution day that week.

  • Visit the Food Pantry located in the Student Union, 3rd floor. Please see Campus Map

  • Please wear your face covering when picking up.

  • Once you're at the pick-up area, simply share your name and that you're there for your Food Pantry bag!  


Who's this resource for?

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

What happens if I can't sign up during the sign-up period?

You can always sign up during the next period.  Any student can sign up during each of the available periods. Service is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and is limited to the first 200 students each week. ​

Where do I go to pick up my food pantry bag?

Student can pick up their pre-filled food pantry bag at the Student Union on the 3rd floor. Please see the Campus Map.

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

Yes. Please have the person provide your name and CIN. We will verify that your order is on the distribution list. 

What do I need to bring when I pick up my bag?

Come with a face covering on at all times and have your name and CIN ready to give to a Wellness/CalFresh intern who will provide you with your bag​.

If I missed my pick-up appointment, can I still receive my bag?

Yes. You are welcome to pick up on any other distribution day that same week.  Distribution days are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What's in the bag?

Grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and other food pantry items selected by the University Auxiliary Services (UAS) catering experts. Seasonal items may be included. Vegetarian bags are also available.​

What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Before departing, please go through the items in the bag. You can donate the items you are not able to eat.

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

What about other food security 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.

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