Financial Contributions towards the Basic Needs Program

Give now to support various initiatives within the Basic Needs Program including Hot Meals, Emergency Housing, Emergency Grants and more. 

A fund within the CSUCI Foundation has been established under the Ekho Your Heart Program to assist CSUCI students, staff, and faculty who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to a crisis or disaster. The fund is intended to provide financial support for basic needs for those with the greatest need.

Donate to the Dolphin Pantry:

*Update: Due to COVID-19, donations are being accepted by appointment only. Please email to set-up an appointment. If you would like to donate food (non-perishable food only) or hygiene items please visit our Wish List

  1. Non-perishable food items:                                                 
    Gluten-free items, pancake mix & syrup, honey, box/canned milk (almond, soy, coconut milk), water flavoring mixes, coffee/ tea, juices, snacks: crackers, pretzels, fruit cups/applesauce, dried fruits, granola bars, nuts, cooking oils, spices/seasonings, flour, and baking mix.

  2. Perishable food items:
    Bread, tortillas, milk, fresh fruits in season (apples, oranges, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, etc.), fresh vegetables in season (carrots, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, etc.) yogurt, cheese, eggs, butter, meats, chicken, turkey, beef, tuna, lunch meat, and frozen microwavable meals.
  3. Hygiene Supplies:
    Deodorant, mouth wash, toilet paper, tissue, disposable razors, toothbrush/ toothpaste, shampoo/ conditioner, soap, sunscreen, chap stick, and lotion.

  4. Household Products:
    Cleaning supplies, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, Tupperware, paper towels, Ziploc bags (any size), laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges, can openers, paper bowls, and utensils.

Donate to Ekho's Clothing Exchange

*Update: While the campus remains in a virtual environment due to COVID-19 we will not be accepting clothing donations at this time. 

Gently used clothing, business casual attire, seasonal clothes, coats/jackets, and graduation gowns. 


*Update: Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities may be limited at this time. Please contact the Basic Needs Program at for more information.  

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