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Cal Poly Hunger Program

The Hunger Program ensures all students have access to nutritious meals each day in order to stay focused on their education and success at Cal Poly. Any student is welcome to use these free, confidential, no-hassle services.


Show your support for students experiencing food insecurity by giving to the Cal Poly Hunger Program today!

Meal Vouchers

Meal vouchers are available to students experiencing a short-term financial need. Students can dine at 805 Kitchen (an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant) during the school year and the Avenue (food court) during the summer. Vouchers are distributed at the location shown below.

If a student is experiencing ongoing hardships, please contact the Dean of Students Office for additional counseling and resources.

Pick-Up Location:

  • Dean of Students: Hillcrest, Building 81, 1A

Contact Information:

Joy Pedersen,
Associate Dean of Students

  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Science & Math
  • Phone: 805-756-2472

Blanca Martinez-Navarro,
Assistant Dean of Students

  • College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Orfalea College of Business
  • Phone: 805-756-2472


“This program makes me feel like Cal Poly cares not only about my academics, but my health and well-being.”​

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry was created out of a need identified by faculty and staff who were seeing an increased number of students going hungry and without the means to purchase basic food and supplies. Any students can choose from a wide variety of packaged and canned foods, fresh produce, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products. Students can also obtain a meal voucher and confidential counseling support services. 

Location and Contact Information:

Campus Health & Wellbeing
Building 27, Lower Level (PULSE office)
Phone: 805-756-6181


Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Additional Resources

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Neighborhood food distribution locations:

CalFresh Outreach Program

CalFresh is a federally funded program known nationally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program is meant to assist people to meet their nutritional needs. CalFresh issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used in many places that sell food, including grocery stores and farmers markets.

CalFresh Outreach program provides application help, eligibility prescreens and more! Weekly drop-in hours are Mondays from 10 am – 2 pm and Fridays from 2 - 4 pm in Building 27, Room 173B (Campus Health and Wellbeing). No appointment needed.

For more information call  805-399-0236 or email

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