When: Every Monday during the semester
Where: Annex 1 (Click here for a university map)
What it is: Get a free box of groceries (up to one week’s worth)
Registration is required to receive Gator Groceries. Please click here to register.
Gator Groceries Emergency Snacks
When: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. or while supplies last
Where: Cesar Chavez Building, plaza level
What it is: Free snacks
Registration is not required.
Gator Grub Alert
***Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19***
What it is: An app that alerts you to free food left over from events at any on campus location
When: Completely random
Where: Also completely random
Cost: Usually free
You must download an app on your phone to use this service. Please visit their website above to see the complete list of instructions.
Emergency Meal Card
What it is: A meal card that has ten meals loaded onto it
Where: Meals can be redeemed at City Eats, an on-campus buffet style dining center open to anyone but mostly used by dorming first and second year students (Click here to see a campus map)
When: Requests begin January 25, 2021 and last until the end of the regular academic semester
Phone: (415) 338-1203
Meals are donated by Sodexo (click here for info) as well as other students, faculty, staff, and community members. Meal card requests are processed in 1-2 business days.
CalFresh Help Clinic
What it is: An SFSU help line dedicated to finding out your eligibility for CalFresh (government food assistance) and answer questions
When: Before and after you apply for CalFresh
Where: Virtual help can be solicited by emailing email@example.com
What it is: A webpage or an app on your phone that tells you where food pantries near you are located as well as basic information about them
Where: Anywhere in the US
What it is: Meals for anyone who needs them
Where: Mission District, San Francisco
What it is: Daily meals for anyone needing food
Where: San Francisco
CalFresh (Food Stamps/SNAP)
What it is: A card (EBT card) sent to you in the mail from the state government with money loaded onto it for food groceries
Where: Anywhere in California
A chat function for additional information is available at the above website.
CalFresh requires proof of income and other employment/financial information. An interview with an automatically assigned case worker is required before benefits are granted. You must apply to CalFresh for the county you live (not work) in. Proof of housing (statement of utilities, etc.) is not required.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Who it is for: Women, transgender men, nonbinary people, etc. (Click here to read more about this.) who are pregnant, have birthed a child in the last 6 months, have a child who is 1 year or younger, or who have children under 5 years of age
What it is: Monthly checks or a card similar to CalFresh that allows you to purchase approved foods
Where: Anywhere in the United States
Website: https://m.wic.ca.gov/ (California website)
Income levels (including unemployment and CalFresh assistances) significantly impact WIC eligibility.
DAS Benefits and Resources Hub
Who it is for: Older adults, adults with disabilities, and veterans
What it is: Various resources from prepared meals delivered to your home to groceries delivered to your home
Where: San Francisco, CA
Cost: Usually free