CSU San Bernardino- San Bernardino, California

The Den Food Pantry Initiative

The DEN (Delivering Emergency Nourishment), CSUSB's campus food pantry, opened in January, 2015 to address students' food insecurity by providing emergency nourishment until students can be referred to more comprehensive community resources.  A recent research study indicated that one in every five CSU students is food insecure, and one in every ten has been homeless at some point in their collegiate career.  Of the 20,767 CSUSB students, 79% are first generation to college, 72% are students of color, and 63% are classified as low-income, and these groups of CSUSB students are more likely to be food insecure. In addition to providing direct assistance, The DEN also raises awareness about food insecurity in local communities and encourages CSUSB students to volunteer to assist those in need.  

Activities: The DEN strives to address food insecurity for CSUSB students to promote student success, retention and graduation. Students can receive a "lunch in a bag," a week's worth of non-perishable groceries, a gift card for a local grocery store to purchase perishable items, and hygiene kits. We refer students who are homeless to our campus' CARE team for assistance, and we also provide referrals to the Health Center and/or other campus and community resources. The DEN provides an average of 50 weekly bags of groceries, 200 lunch kits, and 10 hygiene kits per month.
Clients and Area Served: The DEN serves enrolled CSUSB students at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses, with the majority of our 20,767 students coming from San Bernardino or Riverside Counties.

THE DEN at CSU San Bernardino