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Fresno State Food Security

Fresno State Food Security


The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

In a 2012 study by faculty member Alida Espinoza, it was found that approximately 31% of Fresno State students surveyed were found to be food insecure.


The Food Security Project is a multi-initiative program that provides current Fresno State students with access to food, resources and education.

  • Student Cupboard: free food and hygiene pantry for current Fresno State students
  • Education and Resources: educational workshops (budgeting, cooking, healthy eating) and connections to resources (CalFresh, WIC, Poverello House, Catholic Charities, etc.)
  • Catered Cupboard: be our “after event guest” for a meal on campus after a catered 
    event concludes (available on the Fresno State Mobile App under Food Security)
  • University Dining Hall Complimentary Meals: gift certificates for students in immediate food need
  • Good Samaritan Fund: emergency fund for catastrophic events


  • Financial Support: monetary donations to assist with purchase of Student 
    Cupboard supplies or to support operations
  • Equipment: golf cart, forklift, pallet jack, commercial freezer and refrigerator, mobile cold storage
  • Food & Hygiene Items: non-perishable goods, produce, bread, dairy, meat, shampoo, soap, laundry pods, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products
  • Volunteer: the Student Cupboard is in need of volunteers to help stock shelves and work with students during distribution hours
  • S.H.A.R.E.S Cards: if you shop at Save Mart or Food Max, use one of our cards and we receive a portion of profits