The Dolphin Pantry

The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Dolphin Pantry exists to provide food, toiletries and basic necessities at no cost to Channel Islands students in need. The Dolphin Pantry aims to decrease the impact that food and basic necessity insecurities have on the academic success of Channel Islands students. It is increasingly challenging for students to juggle the costs of living while working to obtain their degree. Many students are finding themselves choosing between basic essentials such as food and basic toiletries and the required costs of tuition, fees, and books. The CI Dolphin Pantry helps to alleviate hunger and basic needs within our student community.

Location & Hours

The Dolphin Pantry is located in Ojai Hall: Room 1978
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 1 – 4pm** Thursday – Friday: 10am – 4pm

**Cal–Fresh representatives are in the Pantry on Wednesdays 9am–1pm to provide information and assistance to interested students.

The CI Dolphin Pantry can provide weekly food and toiletries for students in need who show a valid student ID card.

Items Needed in the Pantry

Pantry items requested include (please refrain from donating glass containers):
Canned protein: chicken, salmon, ham, beef, high protein chili, stews, and Vienna sausages
Canned vegetables: white beans, lentils, asparagus, green beans, etc.
Canned and fresh fruit
Peanut Butter
Cereal (cold and hot)
Breads & Crackers
Condiments and spices including salt and pepper
Hearty Soups
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Granola Bars
Instant Rice
Toiletries & Feminine Hygiene Products

CalFresh: Better Food for Better Living

The CalFresh program can add to your food budget and provide you with healthy and nutritious food. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. Come find out if you are CalFresh eligible by visiting the CI CalFresh office, located in Ojai Hall 1978 Wednesdays from 9:00–1:00 to meet with our CalFresh representative, Melissa Cardenas.

For more information about the CalFresh program contact: 805.983.7100

Donations & Volunteering

The CI Dolphin Pantry operates on donations from the campus community. We also need support from student volunteers to keep the Pantry stocked and running smoothly. To learn more about opportunities to give back and support the Pantry, please contact the office of Wellness & Athletics at 805-437-8547.

Emergency Funds Grant

An Emergency Funds Grant, awarded through the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Emergency Intervention Program, seeks to provide immediate financial assistance of up to $500 (lifetime maximum) for students who encounter temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen urgent and catastrophic life events. For the purposes of this grant, an unforeseen urgent or catastrophic life event is considered an event, which was unplanned or unexpected, which has caused the applicant financial hardship and led to the inability to continue successfully as a CI student (e.g. severe illness or hospitalization, inadequate housing, loss of fixed income, car accident, etc.).

To be eligible for an Emergency Funds Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled and matriculated CI student
  • Be ‘current’ on CI financial account (e.g. tuition, fees, housing, etc.)
  • Have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and aid which includes grants and student loans
  • Be able to demonstrate an unforeseen urgent or catastrophic event (supporting documentation required; e.g. car repair estimate, eviction notice, utility service bill, etc.)

Additionally, academic and judicial standing may be considered in the review process; however, lack of ‘good standing’ does not necessarily disqualify one from receiving an Emergency Funds Grant.

Applying for an Emergency Funds Grant

By applying for an Emergency Funds Grant, applicants acknowledge the potential impact receiving such an award may have on the future financial aid allocation(s) they may receive through the University or by any other outside entity. Any questions regarding the potential impact receiving such an award may have on future aid allocations may be directed to the Financial Aid & Scholarships office at 805-437-8530.

Apply for an Emergency Funds Grant

For additional information, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs office at 805-437-8536.

Emergency Housing

Options are being explored to determine what on and off-campus resources may be available to students who are experiencing an emergency housing need, which may include: limited stays within student housing, vouchers and hosting of students in private residences. Resource identification is expected by Summer 2017.

Community Resources

Ventura County Pantry Locations can be found on the Food Share website at: http://www.foodshare.com/find-a-pantry/

Farmer’s Markets: Good food, locally grown – Ventura County locations can be found at: http://vccfarmersmarkets.com/