Food Resources

Food Resources

Food bags available for collection

CSUDH Basic Needs is distributing ready-made bags of groceries to currently enrolled students in need. Bags are limited to one per student, and students must RSVP on Torolink. Please do not come if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Contact Morgan Kirk for further details.

Free Food Resources in the South Bay

Get a list of where to find free food: Free food resources in the South Bay [PDF]

LAist also posted a list of free food and financial resources. The posting of this link is meant to provide resources for those affected by COVID-19 and does not constitute or imply an endorsement by CSUDH.

Free Resources in Greater L.A. 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, housing assistance, free resources, and help hotlines.

CSUDH has a number of programs to assist those with food insecurity issues. Find out more about these programs below -- maybe one of them is what you're looking for!



CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. CalFresh dollars help stretch tight food budgets and help many people afford to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. #everybodyeats

Learn more about CalFresh.

Toro Food Pantry

The mission of the Toro Food Pantry is to assist and support CSUDH students who may experience food challenges such as skipping meal or meals per day. It is currently closed, but will open again soon.

Learn more about the Toro Food Pantry.

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

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national organization that focuses on fighting food waste and hunger in America. The FRN conducts outreach efforts by partnering with campus dining facilities and collecting leftover food items that would otherwise be disposed of.

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.

Hot Meal Card Program

Each semester, eligible CSUDH students can receive a Hot Meal Card to use in Campus Dining. To sign up for a card:

  1. Log on to using your My.CSUDH username and password
  2. Search for "Toro Food Pantry"
  3. Locate the "Hot Meal Card/CalFresh Application"
  4. The student will receive a text or email from CalFresh to determine if they are eligible for benefits
  5. If eligible, the student will pick up their Hot Meal Card from the Basic Needs Coordinator.

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!