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

Summer Hours:

Arroyo Hall, Room 114
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00pm or by appointment
Dolphin Pantry Phone: 805-437-2067 
Email: basicneeds@csuci.edu 

Donations

Current Items Needed in the Pantry:

  • Breads
  • Dairy Products (milk, butter, yogurt, cheese)
  • Dairy free /Gluten Free items
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meats
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Pancake mix & Syrups
  • Frozen Foods
  • Cooking Oils and Small cooking utensils (small pots/pans/microwave-safe dishes)
  • Laundry Products – detergent, softener, etc.

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 basicneeds@csuci.edu

Hot Meals

The Basic Needs Program has dining cards loaded with three 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

Volunteering

The Dolphin Pantry is operated by Graduate Student Assistants and support from volunteers! To learn more about opportunities to give back and support the Pantry, please contact the Basic Needs program at basicneeds@csuci.edu

Other Basic Need Services

If you are a student and experiencing food insecurity or other insecurities, please complete our Self-Referral FormPlease 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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