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Finding better ways to support our students on their path to graduation.


Critical to student success at the CSU, the Basic Needs Initiative takes a holistic look at students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. We’re working together to find better ways support our students on their path to graduation.


Lobos Pantry


Lobo's Pantry is a space on campus that provides nutritious food, CalFresh food program assistance, and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity (those not having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food). The Pantry is closed during winter break and summer.
Student Picking out Food from Lobos Pantry


Spring 2019 Lobo Pantry hours


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12 PM - 2PM 10 AM - 12 PM 11 AM - 2 PM 2 PM - 5 PM Closed

Lobo's Pantry is located in Zinfandel across the street from the Student Health Center. Any student enrolled at Sonoma State University is eligible to use the food pantry as often as once a week. The food pantry carries nonperishable items only. Examples include beans, pasta, canned vegetables, dry rice, breakfast bars, coffee and tea, and quick meals. If you have any dietary restrictions, you can contact JUMP Human Services for assistance.


In addition, there will be Pop-Up Pantries which will carry fresh produce items such as apples, bananas, potatoes, bell peppers, etc., along with a few non-perishable items. These are scheduled for Mondays: Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4, March 25, April 8, and April 22 from 11:30am-1pm in the Seawolf Plaza. For more information about Lobo Pantry or Pop-Up Pantries, contact JUMP Human Services


Lobo Pantry is not open during the summer. Scroll down to see additional food resources.

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Pay it Forward


Donate your completed stamp card to pay it forward and help students experiencing financial and food insecurities. To make a donation of a completed stamp card, donation boxes are located at any University Culinary Venues. Cards will be distributed to students at Lobo's Food Pantry when they pick up their food supplies. These cards can then be used for to purchase smoothies, sandwhiches and coffee on campus.




I CAN HELP is a Mental Health Literacy, Compassion Development, and Suicide Risk Reduction Program for College and University Campuses. I CAN HELP is designed for students, faculty, staff, and other non-mental health professionals which are sometimes called gatekeeper training. This program can be provided to faculty, staff, or student leaders quickly and has no licensing fees.

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CalFresh provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households with purchasing food needed to maintain adequate nutritional levels. As a student you could be receiving up to $192 a month for groceries

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Additional information can be found at Department of Social Services CalFresh Program or you may contact the SSU CalFresh Outreach office at (707) 664-4282 or to make an appointment for assistance.

Sonoma State University is a CalFresh Outreach Subcontractor.

SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Community Food Resources

NOAH Food Pantry

5433 Snyder Lane (across from Rancho Cotati High)
Wednesdays 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Redwood Empire Food Bank

3900 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Petaluma Kitchen

900 Hopper St. in Petaluma
Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Homeless students looking to find a food bank in their community can use Feeding America's national database to see what is closest to them.

Temporary Housing

Social Advocates for Youth

2447 Summerfield Rd. in Santa Rosa
Affording housing for adults (18-24) in need

Associated Students provides short-term transitional housing for students in need. These are 30-day, interest-free loans of up to $150 to eligible students. Inquire at the Student Activities Desk, Student Center 2nd Floor.


The Continuum of Care Program at the HUD Exchange provides funding to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to provide permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, HMIS, and, in some cases, homelessness prevention.


Immigration Assistance


CSU Resources for Undocumented Students

Undocumented Student FAQs

SSU Immigration Assistance Resources

SSU DREAM Center, Salazar Hall 1060,, (707) 664-3541