• CSUN Food Pantry

    CSUN Food Pantry

  • Pop-Up Pantry

    Pop-Up Pantry

CSUN Food Pantry

CSUN Food Pantry Benefit Concert

Join us for a free concert to benefit the CSUN Food Pantry before the screening of The Wizard of Oz!

Featuring students from CSUN's Youth Philharmonic and CSUN Music Department.

Andrea Ramirez, Conductor
Date: August 1st
Time: 6:30 - 7:30

A silent auction will be hosted before the film. Cash, credit card, and food and toiletries (from the CSUN Food Pantry Wish list) donations will be accepted.

More information can be found at the Associated Students Summer Movie Fest web page.

CSUN Food Pantry Benefit Concert

Wishlist of food and personal care items for silent auction

The CSUN Food Pantry exists to provide emergency nourishment and basic necessities at no cost to CSUN’s students. The CSUN Food Pantry supplies food and offers food program assistance to those who are without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Our goal is to minimize the academic impact on our students by providing the needed essentials. The CSUN Food Pantry is a resource for CSUN students, faculty, and staff to help alleviate food insecurity and hunger within our campus community.

The CSUN Pop-up Pantry, our newest basic needs initiative will pop up at different locations around campus once a month and will provide food resources to our campus community. Resources provided include fresh fruits and vegetables, food tastings, recipe cards, CalFresh application screening and assistance and information about other basic needs resources in our campus.

Contact us:

Phone number: (818) 677-2730
Email: csunfoodpantry@csun.edu
Follow us @csunfoodpantry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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About Us

CSUN Food Pantry

The CSUN Food Pantry can provide food and toiletries for CSUN students, faculty, and staff in need. Individuals may visit the CSUN Food Pantry ONCE per week and at each visit they receive a week’s worth food. Toiletries are available upon on request.

Who is eligible for services?
The CSUN Food Pantry is open to all CSUN students, staff, and faculty.

How does it work?
It’s quick, simple, and confidential.

Visitors to the CSUN Food Pantry are NOT expected to show proof of need, we only ask for proof of campus affiliation such a CSUN ID. Please make sure to bring this with you every time you visit the pantry.

How often can I visit the pantry?
Individuals may visit the CSUN Food Pantry ONCE per week.

Located next to Sagebrush Hall, directly across from parking lots D6 and E6.

Hours of operation
Wednesday 3pm – 7pm
Thursday 11am – 3pm

CSUN Pop-up Pantry

The CSUN Pop-Up Pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, CalFresh application screening and assistance, as well as other basic needs resources are available for campus community. Individuals visiting the Pop-Up Pantry receive fresh fruits and vegetables, available through donation from our community partner, MEND. The variety or produce varies from month to month, depending on availability.

Who is eligible for services?
The Pop-Up Pantry is open to all CSUN students, faculty, and staff.

How does it work?
Individuals simply check-in with their CSUN ID’s before entering the Pop-Up Pantry. First time visitors to the pop-up pantry are provided a reusable bag and are expected to bring the reusable bag back for subsequent visits. Once checked-in, visitors will walk through the pop-up and select the produce, they wish to take home.

How often can I visit the pantry?
Individuals may visit every Pop-Up Pantry of the semester.

Dates, Time and Location
Tuesday, February 27th | 1pm-3pm | Plaza Del Sol (USU)
Wednesday, March 12| 1 pm-3pm| Oviatt North (near Arbor Grill)
Wednesday, April 2nd | 1 pm-3pm | The Suites (Student Housing)
Wednesday, April 23rd | 1 pm-3pm | Sierra Lawn North
Tuesday, May 8th | 1 pm-3pm | Campus Store Lawn


Maria Elizondo
Activities Coordinator
Volunteer Programs / Unified We Serve / CSUN Food Pantry

Karla Gonzalez
Special Projects Analyst
CalFresh Outreach Program Manager

Christel Bowen
Food Pantry Student Assistant

Jennifer Rodzianko
Pop-Up Pantry Student Assistant


To make a contribution directly to the CSUN Food Pantry, please visit the Student Affairs’ Giving Page.

Physical donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated. We accept canned and dry goods. See below for our "Donation Wish List."

Donations are accepted by appointment or during hours of operation at any of the following locations:

  • CSUN Food Pantry: Wed. 3pm – 7pm & Thurs. 11am – 3pm
  • Matador Involvement Center: Mon. – Fri. 8am – 5pm
  • Student Development office: Mon. – Fri. 8am – 5pm
Donation Wish List
Needs Wish ListPersonal Care Items
Canned fish (preferably tuna)Toothbrushes
Canned fruitToothpaste
Health barsShampoo
Peanut butterToilet paper
Fruit spread/ JellyBody lotion
SpicesFeminine Hygiene items
Dry lentils 
Pasta sauce 
Macaroni and cheese 
Apple sauce 
Canned goods (vegetables, fruit, beans, refried beans, soup, etc.) 
Single serving Chef-Boy-R-Dee items (with pull tab openings) 
Packaged nuts 

Please think of “nutrition” when making a donation, we prefer to stay away from highly processed, high-sugar, low-quality, or outdated food that can do more harm than good.

For campus departments interested in hosting a one-time or ongoing collection drive for the CSUN Food Pantry, we can coordinate a pick-up schedule.

The CSUN Food Pantry is part of the CSU Cares Initiative. CSU Cares supports students experiencing food insecurity and housing displacement, as well as those who find themselves in other emergency situations. For more information or to make a monetary donation visit the CSU Cares initiative website.

Please contact the csunfoodpantry@csun.edu or (818) 677-5111


Contact us at csunfoodpantry@csun.edu to find out more about our volunteer opportunities for both the food pantry and pop-up pantry.

CalFresh Outreach

Drop-in Assistance

Contact us:


Phone number: (818) 677-2704

Hours: Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm & Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm

OR by appointment: https://calfreshcsun.youcanbook.me/

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need.

CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into their diets.

CalFresh is the California name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

 An electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card is used like a debit card at most grocery stores and farmers’ markets.


The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, also known as the USDA, and is administered through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). CDSS contracts with community-based organizations to provide CalFresh outreach and application assistance services. USDA funding covers less than one-half of the Center’s total programs costs. The remainder of funding is contributed by local partners through donations and other unrestricted, non-federal funding sources.

Am I Eligible?

You may qualify for CalFresh if you answer “yes” to questions 2 and 3 below:

1. Household size

-Household is defined as a person living alone or a group of people living together (they do not have to be related) who buy food and make meals together.

2. Is your household's GROSS monthly income (before taxes and deductions) within the limits in the chart below?

People in Household

Gross Monthly Income

Maximum CalFresh Allotment*
















Household = a person living alone or a group of people living together (they do not have to be related) who buy food and make meals together. *Minimum amount is $15/month

*These income guidelines are effective October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, and are updated every October. Individuals receiving SSI/SSP in California are not eligible for CalFresh, but other members of the household may be.

3. Does anyone in your household have a social security card or is anyone in your household a lawful permanent resident?


If you are a student between the ages of 18 and 49, enrolled in at least 6 units, have no meal plan (or have a meal plan that provides ten or less of your meals/week), you must also meet any one of the following:

  • Working and getting paid for an average of 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month
  • Approved for federal or state work study and anticipating working during the school term (can still be eligible even if not working a work study job)
  • Be enrolled in EOPS or WIOA programs
  • Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6
  • Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be a single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12 AND enrolled full-time (at least 12 units)
  • Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET)
  • Be a recipient of CalWorks or AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)

Other things to consider:

  • Unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count towards the work requirement
  • Students who live with their parents must be 22 years of age or older to apply as an individual household
  • International , DACA, and DREAM students are not eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN
  • Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may be eligible
  • Students with a state certified disability only need to meet basic eligibility

If you think you are eligible or are still not sure, please call (818) 677-2704 to speak with our CalFresh Outreach Team.

Application Process

Step 1: Application screening with CalFresh Outreach Team

Step 2: If eligible, complete and submit application with CalFresh Outreach Team

  • Although the online version is available, we encourage you to apply with the help of the CalFresh Outreach Team.

Step 3: Once the application is received through online submission, your 30-day time frame begins

Step 4: You will need to complete your INTAKE INTERVIEW by phone or in-person

  • Your county social service department will either call or mail you a date and time for your INTAKE INTERVIEW.
  • Let the CalFresh Outreach Team know if you have not heard from the county within the first 7 days.

Step 5: During your INTAKE INTERVIEW, you will need to provide verification documents (for example, copy of ID, LADWP bill, pay stubs, financial aid award letter, etc.) within the 30-day time frame

  • The CalFresh Outreach Team can help you gather, copy, and/or fax verification documents to the county.


MataCare Emergency Grant


The MataCare Grant exists to help students with unexpected urgent financial needs. The MataCare Grant Fund was established through generous contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the university who want to assist in removing unanticipated financial roadblocks to student degree completion and well-being. The Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

For more information please visit: MataCare Emergency Grant