Cal State LA Food Pantry

Student standing in front of shelves stocked with canned goods.

Community Resources

We have complied a list of food banks in Southern California. We are updating this list as we get more information. However, we highly encourage you to call any location in advance before visiting as their hours may have changed. 

Food Security Support

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 

For Food Pantry hours and pick-up location, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 323-343-3103.

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!

There are currently no Pantry to Plate dates scheduled. Check back for updates after May 31.

Check out some of the recipes featured during past Pantry to Plate events.


We are accepting donations at the Office of the Dean of Students:

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

If you have any questions, 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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