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
Volunteer Programs / Unified We Serve / CSUN Food Pantry
Special Projects Coordinator
CalFresh Outreach Program Assistant
Food Pantry Student Assistant
CalFresh Outreach 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 List||Personal Care Items|
|Canned fish (preferably tuna)||Toothbrushes|
|Peanut butter||Toilet paper|
|Fruit spread/ Jelly||Body lotion|
|Spices||Feminine 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think of “nutrition” when making a donation, we prefer to stay away from highly processed, high-sugar, low-quality, or outdated food that can do more harm than good.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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our volunteer opportunities.
Phone number: (818) 677-2704 or (818) 677-2732
Hours: Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm & Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm
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 $16/month
*These income guidelines are effective October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017, 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 or (818) 677-2732 to speak with our CalFresh Outreach Team.
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 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
MATACARE GRANT PROGRAM
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