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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, by the mail room.

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.


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

Students need to meet AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • Working and getting paid for at least 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month on average.

  • Approved (or awarded or accepted) for federal or state work study, anticipates working, and have not refused a work assignment (can still be eligible even if a work study job has not begun or is not currently available).

  • Students attending CSU or UC, receiving Cal Grant A or B, and falling within the following qualifications: unmarried; AND 25 years of age or younger; AND household income less than $50,000 (per FAFSA application).

  • Enrolled in a state funded program that increases employability (EOP, EOPS, WIOA, DSPS, CARE, McNair Puente Project, or MESA)*.

  • Enrolled in a program that increases employability for current and former foster youth (Guardian Scholars, FYSI, CAFYES, ETV or Extended Foster Care)**.

  • Exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6 OR between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis) OR are a single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12.

  • Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS), or be a recipient of CalWORKs or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

Other Things to Consider

  • Students who live with their parents must be 22 years of age or older in order to apply as an individual household.

  • International DACA and DREAM students have been shown to not be eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN

  • Out-of-state students can still be eligible for CalFresh if they are residing in California for the school year.

  • Student eligibility is based on enrollment at a higher education institution, which are defined as either: business, trade, technical or vocational schools normally requiring a high school diploma or GED to enroll; or a junior, community, two-year or four-year college or university, or graduate school, regardless whether a high school diploma or GED is required.

  • Veterans and foster youth may have many different forms of income. The applicant's eligibility worker will help them determine what income counts and what doesn't. All will need to be reported on the application.

*Please see and scroll down to "CalFresh Student Eligibility: Approved Programs to Increase Employability"

**For program descriptions, please see ACL 17-05 at (PDF)

CalFresh Advisors at Sonoma State University are available to assist students with pre-screening and the application process as follows:

Lobo Pantry

4th Monday / month



2nd Thursday / month


Student Center 3020 10:00am - 4:00pm 12:00-4:00pm 10:00 - 4:00pm 11:00am - 5:00pm  


Additional information can be found at Department of Social Services CalFresh Program or you may contact us 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


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)

The DREAM Center launches the Undocu-Survival Initiative. Through this project, we will be providing our students with on-going FREE snacks throughout the semester. Some of the items that will be provided include: cup noodles, microwavable mac and cheese, fruit snacks, trail mix, chips, granola bars, fresh fruit, candy, and much more! To pick up a snack, encourage students to stop by the DREAM Center Office (Salazar Hall 1060), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Any questions, let us know via or 707-664-3541.