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The team here at CSUSM is dedicated to helping students achieve success and connecting them with the resources and assistance necessary to help them achieve their degree. On the CSUSM Basic Needs website you'll find a collection of on campus and community resources available to you.

Emergency Food Resources

Feeding San Diego's Together Tour

This series of large-scale distributions has been making its way across San Diego County to serve those facing hunger and has provided food to over 33,000 people since the tour launched in February. The distribution will be held at CSUSM on the third Saturday of every month through July 2021. Feeding San Diego continues to address the increased need for food assistance caused by the pandemic and introduced ongoing large-scale food distributions to serve the elevated number of San Diegans in crisis

Super Pantry Program

Super Pantries are food distribution hubs located across San Diego County that offer both contactless “drive-thru” and “walk-up” food distribution services. All Super Pantries are open for food distribution a minimum of 3 days per week. Individuals and families in need of food assistance can visit your nearest Super Pantry during opening hours to receive emergency groceries and resources. Learn more at the San Diego Food Bank website

Emergency Food Assistance Program

The San Diego Food Bank’s food distribution programs will continue to serve those in need throughout the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. Visit the website for a list of their food distributions scheduled for the month of December 2020.


CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income and your housing expenses. To see if you’re eligible, visit the CalFresh website.

211 San Diego

This website provides an interactive map that allows you to find free food near you.

Other Free Food Resources

Power Outage Food Safety Resources

Receiving CalFresh benefits and lost power for 4 hours or more? You may be entitled to replacement befits to cover costs of food lost. Contact and County office or contact the San Diego Food Bank for CalFresh Outreach staff to support. Claim must be filed within 10 days of power outage.

Food Insecurity & Basic Needs

Nutrition & Healthy Eating Resources