Cal Poly Food Pantry
The Cal Poly Food Pantry feeds the community. We believe everyone deserves access to fresh nutritious food. The Food Pantry has a robust from a wide variety of packaged and canned foods, fresh produce, frozen meals, and personal hygiene items, such as diapers and menstrual products.
The Cal Poly Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm. For open and available pantries on weekends in the SLO area, please click here: Local Pantries open over the weekend.
In addition to the onsite Food Pantry, San Luis Obispo community members can receive fresh groceries at Cal Poly during the monthly SLO Food Bank food distributions thanks to the partnership with SLO Food Bank. Individuals can learn more about the food distributions, including the specific dates on the SLO Food Bank website or Cal Poly Community members can view the calendar on Cal Poly Now.
Campus Health & Wellbeing
Building 27, Room 10, Lower Level (Wellbeing Services) accessed by the ramp near the rock climbing wall at the Rec Center.
Hours for Cal Poly Students
The Cal Poly Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM.
The Food Pantry is re-stocked throughout the week and individuals can expect a robust assortment of fresh produce, shelf-stable items, and personal hygiene items such as diapers and menstrual products.
Hours for Cal Poly Employees
Cal Poly Employees can access the Pantry on Fridays during usual operating hours of 8:30AM to 5:00PM. Custodial and facilities staff with unique schedules are welcome in the pantry anytime.
Accessing the Cal Poly Food Pantry
All are welcome to access the Food Pantry! There is no eligibility criteria at the Food Pantry as we believe all Mustangs deserve access to fresh, nutritious food. Individuals who are seeking immediate or urgent assistance for food can inform any member of the Food Pantry Fellows, the student team managing the space, to be connected to additional, high-impact food resources such as Meal Vouchers and CalFresh.
Partnerships with the Food Pantry
The Food Pantry welcomes partnership opportunities! The Food Pantry currently partners with CollegeCorps, SLO Food Bank, Cal Poly CROPS Unit, Student Experimental Farm, CalFresh, Student Diversity and Belonging, Dean of Students, The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Educational Outreach Program (EOP) and TRiO Achievers, and more! Interested in partnering for an event? Contact Kari Howell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where does the food come from?
Majority of the food in the Cal Poly Food Pantry comes from the SLO Food Bank, where the Cal Poly Food Pantry is a regulated, agency partner. Local produce is supplied weekly from the Cal Poly CROPS unit. VitCo, a partner of Campus Dining and Cal Poly Corporation, donates heat-to-eat meals. The Food Pantry also participates in a food rescue program with Sprouts Grocery Store in San Luis Obispo. Additionally, the food pantry receives generous donations from local grocers California Fresh Market and Grocery Outlet. Lastly, community members are welcome to donate to the Food Pantry and as a result, there is a robust inventory of food and personal hygiene items.
Volunteer Opportunities with the Food Pantry
Due to the lovely partnership with CollegeCorps program and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the Food Pantry does not currently have any volunteer availability. If students are interested in volunteer opportunities across Wellbeing Services, students are invited to email Kari Howell directly to learn of these opportunities: email@example.com.
Donate to the Food Pantry
Food Pantry staff have curated a list of commonly requested items, as well as items that we cannot otherwise source to supplement Food Pantry inventory. If you would like to donate to the Food Pantry, simply click below to access the Food Pantry's Amazon Wishlist. The wishlist automatically populates delivery instructions and typically takes about 2-4 days to be delivered on site.
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/343W2G6S15SSP?ref_=wl_share The Food Pantry also welcomes ad hoc one-time or recurring donations of nonperishable, unopened foods, unopened personal items, and school supplies. CLICK HERE for a complete list of requested and accepted items. For questions regarding donating to the Food Pantry, contact Taffy Gonzalez, Food Pantry Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donated items can be dropped off at the Food Pantry anytime during open hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30AM to 5PM.
Contact the Food Pantry
For questions regarding inventory and operations contact Taffy Gonzalez, Food Pantry Coordinator: email@example.com or 805-756-7818. Media inquiries can be sent to Kari Howell, Basic Needs Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-756-1045.