Food Resources

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CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California. CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that has been established to help low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. The program increases their food-buying power, helping to stretch a tight food budget and allowing many people afford to incorporate healthy foods into their diets. CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store, and are issued via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

CalFresh benefits can be used at certain local farmers markets in addition to grocery stores and markets. Many farmers markets also support the Market Match Program, which provides matching funds to purchase extra fruits and vegetables. Information about participating farmers markets can be found on the Market Match website.

What is the CalFresh Outreach Program?

The CSUDH CalFresh Outreach Program provides outreach and application assistance to eligible students. CalFresh Outreach can provide help with:

  • Program information
  • Filling out applications
  • Uploading verifications
  • Troubleshooting
  • Annual & semi-annual reports

For more information about CalFresh, contact:
Hawk McFadzen
CalFresh Outreach Coordinator
Welch Hall WH-360 (inside the Career Center)
Office phone: (310) 243-3101
Cell phone: (213) 610-7121
Email: calfresh@csudh.edu

The CalFresh Outreach program provides assistance during drop-in hours and individual appointments.


Toro Food Pantry

The Toro Food Pantry is an assistance program that supports CSUDH students with food insecurity issues.

Who is Eligible?

If you are a CSUDH undergraduate or graduate student, you are eligible to use the Food Pantry resources.

How Does it Work?

Stop by Food Pantry locations to pick up food. It’s a quick, simple, and confidential process.

The Food Pantry can supply you with supplemental canned foods as well as basic hygiene products like deodorant, shampoo, and female hygiene products. 

The Food Pantry is operated in a safe, confidential zone, and without validation of need. There are no restrictions on how many times you can use the Food Pantry or its services.

Pantry Locations and Hours of Service

  • Office of Student Life
    Loker Student Union, Room 121
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2081
    Email: osl@csudh.edu

  • Women's Resource Center
    Small College Complex, SCC-148
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2486
    Email: womensctr2@csudh.edu

Pantry Food Donations

Students, staff, faculty, and community members have been incredibly generous in contributing to the Food Pantry’s success. Thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts! 

We are currently in need of the following items. We prefer pop-up lids for ease of use. 

  • Canned meals in pop-up lids (stew, chili, soup, etc.)
  • Canned meat in pop-up lids (Spam, tuna, chicken, etc.) 
  • Individual snacks (granola bars, crackers, cereal bars, cereal in single servings)
  • Healthy snack options (raisins, apricots, applesauce, cranberries, nuts)
  • Cup-of-Noodles (not packets)
  • Juice in single serving boxes
  • Canned fruit in pop-up lids
  • Recyclable bags and Ziploc bags

Please think “nutrition” as you purchase donations. Please also check expiration dates! 


csudh-frn-food-pickupFood Recovery Network (FRN)

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national nonprofit that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls and donating it to those in need.

CSUDH has recently started a campus chapter of the Food Recovery Network. This group conducts FRN Fridays, where they intercept the food that Campus Dining is about to throw away, and divert it to campus housing instead. It is served buffet-style at 2:30 p.m., and CalFresh Outreach personnel will also be on site to sign up students for the CalFresh program.

FRN also has a similar partnership with the Campus Urban Farm. When produce is ready to harvest, FRN volunteers take it to either the FRN Friday at housing or to the Food Pantry located in the Women’s Resource Center.

To volunteer to help out with FRN Fridays, contact the CSUDH Sustainability Club at https://torolink.csudh.edu/organization/sustainabilityclub.


Looking for free food? View events with food on Torolink

  1. Log on to https://torolink.csudh.edu/events using your MyCSUDH UserName and Password
  2. Click on the Torolink Events Tab
  3. Sort by the Perks Filter and click on 'FREE FOOD'