Toro Food Pantry

March 2020: Get a Free Bag of Food

The Toro Food Pantry is still operational, and is providing food for students in need:

  • CSUDH students who are in need of food will be able to receive (1) bag of food per household.
  • The bags will be located in the Loker Student Union meditation room. Students will need to check the Loker Student Union’s website to make sure LSU is open prior to arriving to campus.
  • To retrieve the bag, you will need to call the building manager that will be located on the door.
  • Once you arrive you will need to sign in and show your student ID to the building manager in order to receive a bag.

Bags will be available for pick up starting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. If you have any additional question around basic needs, please reach out to the Basic Needs Coordinator, Morgan Kirk

Note: the information below pre-dates COVID-19 and the Safer-at-Home order.

The mission of the Toro Food Pantry is to assist and support CSUDH students who may experience food challenges, such as skipping one or more meals per day. At no cost, CSUDH students are able to visit one of three food pantries that we have on campus and to receive food distribution that they need. Our goal at CSUDH is to eliminate any food insecurities that students are experiencing on campus.

Food Pantry Locations and Hours

  • Office of Student Life
    Loker Student Union, Room 121
    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2081
  • Women’s Resource Center
    Library, 3rd floor
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2486
  • University Housing Services
    Building A (To access Housing, push the intercom button at the gate and state that you would like to utilize the Food Pantry)
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Phone: (310) 243-2228

Who is Eligible?

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

How Does It Work?

  • Stop by one of our Food Pantry locations to pick up food. It's a quick, simple, and confidential process. The Food Pantry can supply you with supplemental non-perishable items such as canned foods, rice, oatmeal, etc. We also provide 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 Food Donations

Students, staff, faculty, and community members have been incredibly generous in contributing to the Food Pantry’s success. But the work does not stop here! We are still in need of certain items to fill our pantries.

If you would like to donate, please see the list below and drop off items at the Office of Student Life, Housing, or Women’s Resource Center. We can only accept non-perishable food items at the moment. Please think “nutrition” as you purchase donations. Please also check expiration dates!

We prefer pop-up lids for ease of use.


  • One-minute rice
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Cereal (single serving)/Cereal bars
  • Crackers
  • Cup-of-Noodles (not packets)
  • Granola bars


  • Stew
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Spam

Vegetables & Fruit:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned apricots
  • Apple sauce
  • Cranberries
  • Canned fruit in pop-up lids

Other Food Items:

  • Recyclable bags/Ziploc bags
  • Nuts
  • Juice (in single-serving boxes)

Hygiene Items

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Female hygiene products