The Dolphin Pantry

The CSU Channel Islands Dolphin Pantry exists to provide immediate food, toiletries and basic necessities at no cost to students in need. The goal of the Dolphin Pantry is to decrease the impact that food and hygiene insecurities have on the academic success of students and to alleviate hunger within our student community.

Location & Hours


Arroyo Hall, 1st Floor, room 114

Spring 2020 Hours:

Monday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Or by appointment:
Tel: (805) 437-2067 Email:
CalFresh Walk-in Hours Fridays: 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Current Items Needed in the Pantry:

  • Eggs
  • Meat/Protein
  • Frozen Foods
  • Bread/Tortillas
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
  • Dairy Free & Gluten Free Products
  • Dairy Products (milk/butter/yogurt/cheese)
  • Cooking Oils and Small Cooking Utensils (pots/pans)
  • Laundry & Hygiene Products – detergent, softener, etc.
  • Check out the Amazon wish list for more ideas: Dolphin Pantry Amazon Wish List.

CalFresh: Sustainable Food Assistance

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program or SNAP) can provide you on-going healthy and nutritional food assistance that puts money in your pocket to use at participating grocery stores.

Find out if you are eligible by visiting the Dolphin Pantry, located in Arroyo Hall: Room 114 or emailing

Hot Meals

The Basic Needs Program has dining cards loaded with two meals for Islands Café. These cards are available for students to provide access to hot meals. If you would like a dining card or if you encounter a student that may be in need of a meal, please send them to the Dean of Students office (Bell Tower 2565) or to the Dolphin Pantry (Arroyo Hall, 1st Floor) so we may provide a card and get them connected to available food resources (CalFresh, Pantry etc.) and/or other services available within the Basic Needs Program.

Additional Resources


The Dolphin Pantry is operated by Student Assistants and support from many volunteers! To learn more about opportunities to give back and support the Pantry, please contact the Basic Needs Program at

If you are interested in volunteering for the spring semester please complete our volunteer application.

Other Basic Need Services

If you are a student and experiencing food insecurity or other insecurities, please complete our Self-Referral Form. Please note it is not required that you complete a self-referral form to access the Dolphin Pantry, however it is recommended you complete the form as you may be eligible for other services or resources.

If you are a campus community member and aware of a student that may be experiencing food insecurity or another insecurity, please complete our Community Referral Form

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