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 eligible for financial aid should complete the FAFSA or Dream Application to assess their financial aid eligibility. Students with a meal plan are not eligible for the meal voucher program.
Funds available via the Meal Voucher Program are contingent upon available donated funds and are on a first come, first served basis.
(Note: Once donated funds have been exhausted, the Meal Voucher Program will close and re-open in Spring 2023).
Effective Winter 2023
- Students are limited to $100 per quarter of support.
- Undocumented/AB540 students are limited to $250 per quarter of support.
Meal Voucher Eligibility Criteria
A student requesting a meal voucher must:
- Be registered and/or enrolled at Cal Poly.
- Complete the FAFSA and/or Dream Application.
- Not have an alternative source of meal options (i.e. Cal Poly Dining Plan) or financial aid options.
If a student begins a new degree at Cal Poly, the eligibility will reset.
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.
Apply for Winter 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, including the recurring monthly free grocery distributions. The Fall quarter distributions are on:
Tuesday, September 27 from 3:30 - 5:30pm on Mott Lawn
Tuesday, October 25 from 3:30 - 5:30pm on Mott Lawn
Tuesday, November 15 from 3:30 - 5:30pm on Mott Lawn
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. Thanks to our partnership with the SLO Food Bank, generous donors, and a community of volunteers, students can choose from a variety of fresh produce, packaged and canned foods, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products. Food Pantry staff can also connect students with additional food resources.
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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, however online appointments are easy and accessible by visiting calfreshcalpoly.org.
For additional support, please contact:
Office of the Dean of Students