Food & Shelter Resources

Food & Shelter Resources

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Food bags available for collection

CSUDH Basic Needs is distributing ready-made bags of groceries to currently enrolled students in need. Distribution is every other Thursday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Parking Lot 1. Bags are limited to one per student, and students must show ID at pick-up. Please do not come if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Contact Morgan Kirk for further details.

Notice: Basic Needs Office operating remotely from March 17, 2020

Dear CSUDH Campus Community,

CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham has announced the temporary suspension of in-person, on-campus classes beginning Thursday, March 12. Face to face classes are expected to resume April 13, 2020. In addition, most staff will work remotely starting from Tuesday, March 17.

The Basic Needs Program will continue its services and will be meeting with students virtually and over the phone.

If you are in need of any services or would like to schedule an appointment with the Basic Needs Coordinator, Morgan Kirk, please schedule a Zoom meeting. If you do not have access to the Internet, please specify that you would like to have a phone appointment.

If you are in need of any CalFresh services, they will be going digital as well. CalFresh Care will be providing our services to assist you via Zoom, FaceTime, and/or via text. Our hours will be Monday through Thursday 10 am - 2 pm. Call or text: (213) 610-7121. You may also make an appointment by email:

Visit our food and shelter resource pages for more information about what resources are available in the South Bay.

Please continue to take health precautions of washing hands, practice social distancing, self-quarantining, and taking other precautions to protect yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19). We take all health concerns seriously and we encourage all in the Toro community to please be safe and healthy in this unprecedented health concern.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Morgan Kirk, Basic Needs Coordinator, via email at 

Thank you,
Morgan Kirk

Free Food and Financial Resources in Greater LA Area

Basic Needs has compiled a list of resources [PDF] for students in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The list includes where to get free food, free resources, and help hotlines.

About the Basic Needs Program

In the Fall 2018 semester, CSUDH implemented a campus-wide program initiative that is funded by the Chancellor's office to alleviate any food and housing challenges on campus. The Basic Needs Program offers a multitude of resources on and off campus that will alleviate basic need challenges such as food, housing, transportation, or mental and health challenges.

The CSUDH Basic Needs Program is comprised of the following programs:

The pantry has non-perishable food items and toiletries available for CSUDH students.

CalFresh is California's name for the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh benefits are funds on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to buy food. The CalFresh Outreach Program at CSUDH provides application and verification assistance to students who meet CalFresh eligibility requirements. Assistance can be found during drop-in hours or through an appointment.

This program serves students experiencing an unforeseen emergency crisis situation who have exhausted all sources of assistance including financial aid grants and loans. The services include short term emergency housing, faculty and staff student support grants, and more.


Students used the Food Pantry in 2019

CalFresh applications in Fall 2019

CSUDH Eats App

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CSUDH Eats is a mobile food app that is available for CSUDH students who are iOS users. The app alerts students to available food from catered events and meetings on campus.

Download the FREE CSUDH Eats app on the Apple App Store.

An app for Android users is coming soon!