Cal State LA Food Pantry


Student standing in front of shelves stocked with canned goods.

Cal State LA Fall 2020 Food Pantry Program 

The Cal State LA Food Pantry is partnering with University Auxiliary Services and Dining Services to offer bi-weekly (every other week) curbside food pick-up for students.

Currently enrolled Cal State LA students can sign up for an appointment to pick up pre-filled food pantry bags.

Students and staff are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing during all curbside pickup appointments, in alignment with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

Signup Instructions

Students can signup starting on the first and third Mondays at 9 a.m. of each month through Thursdays of that week by 3 p.m.:

  • November: 11/30 - 12/4

This resource is limited to the first 200 students who sign up.  Students who sign up after the limit is reached will be added to a waitlist and notified if there is an available slot for them.

Step 1: Sign Up

Request an appointment to pick up a bag by completing the Cal State LA Food Pantry Signup.

Be prepared to provide the following information: 

  • Cal State LA Email Address 
  • Full Name
  • CIN 
  • Telephone #
  • College

You will be prompted to log in with your student MyCalStateLA login credentials.  (Please do not use student work email addresses.)  Please provide us with a cell phone number so that we can contact you as needed for your appointment. 

Step 2: Schedule a Pickup Time

Once you sign up, the Office of the Dean of Students will email you instructions on selecting a Food Pantry bag that best meets your dietary restrictions and scheduling a pickup time.  If you do not receive an email, check your spam folder.  If you need to cancel this booking, you can do so through email as well. 

The information provided to you for bag selection and curbside pickup appointments will be specific to you and attached to your CIN.  Do not share this information with other students.

You will have until Friday of that same signup week by 12 p.m. to select your Food Pantry bag type and sign up for a pickup appointment.

After you’ve selected your bag type, you can schedule a pickup time between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Thursday during the following distribution weeks:

  • December 7 – 11

Step 3: Pickup 


You will be emailed specific instructions on how to pick up your bag for each of the distribution weeks. For your protection and the protection of our staff, all employees will wear face coverings at all times.

Before arriving to campus, please remember to bring and wear a face mask during this pickup. Please remain in the vehicle and be sure to wear a face-covering if you need to roll down the window for any reason.

Staff will not be able to touch your vehicle, so have your back window or trunk open and our staff member will place the bag inside your car.

Once you have received your bag you’re done! Please leave once directed by the staff to do so.

Remember to sign up for the next Pantry Bag Service! 


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. ​

What if I don’t have a vehicle? Can I arrange to pick up my bag at The Spot?​

Yes! Please indicate that in the notes section and wear a face covering when you come to campus to pick up your bag from The Spot.​

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

Yes! Indicate that in the notes section and have the person provide the name of the Cal State LA student who signed up.​

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 ready to give to The Spot staff person who will provide you your bag​

What’s in the bag?​

Grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables and other food pantry items selected by the team at The Spot and 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?

You can indicate that when you select your bag after receiving instructions after you've successfully signed up.

Will the Food Pantry be taking donations like they used to?​

In accordance with current University and local ordinances and guidelines, the Food Pantry will be launching an online donation campaign for community members to the  program.​

What about the spring semester?​

We are gearing up and preparing for the spring, Services will be based on the success and use of the program during the fall term.​

What about other food security resources?​

In addition to the Food Pantry, the Office of the Dean of Students website also contains important and useful Community Resources for Food Security Support, Housing Assistance, and the CalFresh Outreach Center.