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Lobo's 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). Bring your SSU ID to pick up nonperishable food and hygiene items. All SSU students are eligible to use Lobo's Pantry.


Spring 2019 Lobo Pantry hours are:


Mondays: 12 - 2pm

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm

Wednesdays: 11am - 2pm

Thursdays: 2 - 5pm.


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. We will have a representative from the Redwood Empire Food Bank available at the pantry twice a month, on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 2-5pm and the 4th Monday of the month from 12-2pm, to assist students in signing up for CalFresh services. (Feb. 14 and 25, March 14 and 25, April 11 and 22, and May 9)


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.


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CalFresh provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households with purchasing food needed to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Students generally must be working at least 20 hours per week to be considered for CalFresh benefits by the County of Sonoma’s Human Services Department. However, if you meet one of the following exemptions from the work requirement, you may still qualify for CalFresh:

  • You have Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B in your financial aid award.
  • You have Federal Work-Study in your financial aid award (even if you have not yet found a work-study job on campus, or if no work-study job was available when you were seeking on campus employment).
  • You received a Chafee Grant.
  • You are in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
  • You are in the McNair Program.
  • You are in the Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program.
  • You are registered with Disability Services for Students (DSS).
  • You participate in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS), or you are a recipient of CalWORKs or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
  • You are a single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12.

You can attend a CalFresh clinic on campus in Lobo Pantry every 2nd Thursday of the month from 2-5pm and every 4th Monday of the month from 12-2pm, to see if you qualify for benefits.

Additional information can be found at CalFresh or you may contact us at (707) 664-2838 or to make an appointment for assistance. You may also come to our office at Student Center 3020 on Mondays and Wednesdays 10a-4p, Tuesdays 12-4p or Thursdays 11a-5p for drop-in assistance, although appointments are recommended.


Sonoma State University is a CalFresh Outreach Subcontractor. Kerry Jo Bourns




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


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. Inquire at the Student Activities Desk, Student Center 2nd Floor.


Immigration Assistance


Undocumented Student FAQs

SSU Immigration Assistance Resources

SSU Dream Center (pdf flyer)