Food Insecurity

A 2018 study performed by the CSU found that 27 percent of Cal Poly students struggle with food insecurity and another 12 percent experience homelessness. Working alongside university partners, Campus Dining strives to ensure all Mustangs have easy access to the nutritious meals they need to succeed academically and socially. Campus Dining has a number of programs including a partnership with the Cal Poly Food Pantry, Mustang Meal Share and Feed Cal Poly, that help to do just that. Together as one Cal Poly family we can help support all Mustangs and create a more equitable campus environment where no one goes hungry and everyone is set up for success.

Need a little help yourself?

If you are in need of a little help yourself, please don’t hesitate to visit the CP Essentials website at basicneeds.calpoly.edu/food-resources and inquire about all of these programs by contacting the Dean of Students office via email deanofstudents@calpoly.edu or phone (805) 756-2472.

Mustang Meal Share

Mustang Meal Share

The Mustang Meal Share program creates an avenue for students to donate money from their dining plan to fellow students. As part of the university’s Basic Needs Initiative, Mustang Meal Share allows students to donate up to $195, enough for 30 meals, anytime throughout the year.

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Feed Cal Poly

Feed Cal Poly

Feed Cal Poly allows all community members to donate to the Cal Poly Basic Needs Initiative at any Campus Dining venue. Donations can be made with a debit or credit card at any Campus Dining register. After donating, guests will receive a receipt at the register with their donation amount for tax purposes.

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Food Pantry Partnership

Campus Dining works regularly with the Cal Poly Food Pantry on donations and has added heat-and-eat meals to the menu. Available at the food pantry these meals add convenience for students with limited time to prepare meals between studies.

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EBT at Campus Markets

CalFresh/EBT at Campus markets

Market Grand Ave and Campus Market accept CalFresh payment on approved items. CalFresh, known federally as SNAP is a federal program that provides an EBT card and ancillary funds to purchase nutritious foods. CalFresh cards are accepted at all POS registers at Campus markets.

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