Basic Needs

Cal State LA Supports Student's basic needs


Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Initiatives

Cal State LA Food Pantry

The Cal State LA Food Pantry is operated through the Division of Student Life. The pantry offers pre-selected and pre-filled bags of non-perishable food items for students to pick up every Wednesday. Students are able to swap 1-2 items as needed. Dietary restrictions are honored upon student request. Each bag is filled with items that follow the MyPlate dietary guidelines and include provisions for multiple meals.

Non-perishable food donations are accepted anytime during the week at the CalFresh Outreach Center, Dean of Students Office, and Center for Student Involvement.

The Food Pantry is supervised by professional staff and staffed by student volunteers.


Cal Fresh Application Support/ Point of Contact

The CalFresh Outreach Center assists students through the CalFresh/Los Angeles County DPSS application process. CalFresh, nationally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, supports the nutritional needs of residents of California in low-income households.

Students eligible to receive CalFresh benefits can purchase food through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.


Meal Sharing Program

A pilot meal sharing program will be launched through Housing and Residence Life in spring 2018. Residents will have the opportunity to donate one meal per semester to the Cal State LA Feed the Need program.

Opportunities to donate to the Feed the Need program will also be available to the campus community.


Emergency Housing

An on-campus, short-term emergency housing program began in spring 2018. Students are able to apply for emergency housing one time per semester. Students will review their application and existing financial resources with the Director of Student Support and discuss additional resources. If on-campus emergency housing is the best option for the student, they will be permitted to live in emergency housing for up to 14 days. Alternatives include area shelters (we have low cost hotel vouchers).


Emergency Grants

Cal State LA is launching an emergency grant program in spring 2018 and students are able to apply for funds one time per semester.

Emergency grant applications will be reviewed by the Director of Student Support, Financial Aid and Student Financial Services.

Emergency grants are applied to student financial aid accounts and subject to standard federal and state guidelines.


Emergency Loans

Cal State LA students are eligible to apply for a 30-day loan ( of up to $250.


Emergency Grants

In fall 2016, the Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force was established by President William A. Covino. He recognized that issues of food and housing can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of our students and, as a direct corollary, on their academic success and progress toward graduation. The Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force includes Office of the Dean of Students, University Student Union, Student Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, ASI, Financial Aid, EOP, and the Academic Senate.



The CARE Team is a campus resource for students, faculty and staff who have concerns regarding alarming, problematic, and/or disruptive student behavior. The team responds to non-emergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise to crisis levels.


 Quick Numbers


Students served by the food pantry per week,
​ and demand is expected to grow.



Average number of CalFresh applications processed each semester.