The Meal Voucher Program, administered by the Office of the Dean of Students, was created to assist enrolled Cal Poly students who find themselves in extreme financial need and are experiencing food insecurity as a result. The Meal Voucher Program aims to support students who have limited access to regular and nutritional meals. The meal voucher program should not be used as an alternative option to other available resources.
Students are limited to $75 per quarter with a maximum of 3 quarters of support.
Meal Voucher funds can be used at the following locations:
- Vista Grande
- Campus Market
- Red Radish
- Mustang Station
Funds can carry over to the following quarter, but any remaining funds in Spring will be pulled back at the end of the quarter.
Meal Voucher Eligibility Criteria
A student requesting a meal voucher must:
- Be registered and/or enrolled
- Complete the FAFSA and/or Dream Application
- Not have an alternative source of meal options (i.e. Cal Poly Dining Plan)
If a student begins a new degree at Cal Poly, the eligibility will reset.
Apply for 2022-2023 Meal Voucher HERE
If a student is experiencing ongoing hardships, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at email@example.com for additional resources.
SLO Food Bank
(https://www.slofoodbank.org) which has many convenient locations.
Cal Poly Food Pantry
The Cal Poly Food Pantry is open Monday-Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. The Food Pantry is located in the lower level of the Health Center and is a part of the Cal Poly Hunger Program which ensures that all students have access to nutritious meals every day in order to stay focused on their success at Cal Poly. The Food Pantry is a service designed to assist students who are experiencing food insecurity due to a financial struggle. Thanks to our partnership with the SLO Food Bank, generous donors, and a community of volunteers, students can choose from a wide variety of packages and canned foods, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products. Food Pantry staff can also connect students with other resources if their needs are more demanding.
CalFresh is the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that provides money to eligible students on an EBT card (similar to a debit card) that can be used at grocery stores or farmers’ markets to help students in access enough quality food. If you have not applied for CalFresh, this is the time! CalFresh benefits can help get you up to $250/ month for groceries. The student support team is available all year long to help you access food resources, answer your questions, and help you apply for CalFresh benefits. Drop-in hours are typically on Fridays, however online appointments are easy and accessible by visiting calfreshcalpoly.org.
For additional support, please contact:
Office of the Dean of Students