The Dolphin Pantry

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

Location & Hours

The Dolphin Pantry is now located on the first floor of Arroyo Hall: Room 117 (Wellness Promotion & Education Center).

The regular hours of operation are Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on holidays and breaks). Additional hours can be arranged if necessary.

Telephone: 805-437-3521


Please assist us in reducing food insecurity on our campus. The Dolphin Pantry welcomes donations in the form of food, toiletries and money. To donate food and toiletries please stop by the Pantry Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For monetary donations please visit our Basic Needs website or our University Advancement website.

Current Items Needed in the Pantry

Pantry items requested include:

  • 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: Better Food for Better Living

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program or SNAP) 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 Dolphin Pantry, located in Arroyo Hall 117; or contact the Wellness Promotion & Education office at 805-437-3521.

You may also contact the CalFresh Benefits Helpline: 1-877-847-3663 or in Ventura County 805-983-7100


The Dolphin Pantry is operated by Graduate and Undergraduate Student Assistants but we also need support from volunteers to keep the Pantry stocked and running smoothly. To learn more about opportunities to give back and support the Pantry, please contact the Wellness Promotion and Education office at 805-437-3521.

Additional Resources

Local Food Pantries – Find a Pantry on the Food Share website:

Farmer’s Markets: Good food, locally grown – Ventura County locations can be found at:

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Unites States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Service

Experiencing Other Insecurities?

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