Food insecurity is defined as "being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." The astronomical costs of a college education increased the number of students that are food insecure. The AS Food Pantry was implemented to address the food inaccessibility at CSUMB. Through this service, we are able to provide students with a bag of nutritious, non-perishable food.
For more information and support with food insecurity, including CalFresh application assistance, please contact Artemas Dowell.
Visit the Food Bank for Monterey County
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is the largest supplemental food program the Food Bank operates. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities are distributed at 26 sites throughout Monterey County via tailgate distribution on a monthly basis
To qualify to receive USDA food, families or individuals must certify that they live in the area served by the distribution and have incomes at or below these guidelines:
|Household Size||Monthly Household Income||Annual Household Income|
|Over 10||add $877.33 each||add $10,528 each|
Volunteer with the Food Bank for Monterey County
At the Food Bank for Monterey County, volunteers are indispensable in their efforts to provide food assistance. Every year, volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours of labor. This gift of time and effort saves them dollars that can be used for programs.
This support enabled them to distribute 7 million pounds of food. Volunteer today!
- Warehouse Distribution
- Saturday Food Sorts
- Events & Fundraising
- Office Assistance
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program Distribution
- The Family Market Distribution
- Board of Directors & Committees
For more information on volunteering, contact Sandra Nunez or Stephanie Robles | You may also call 831-758-1523.
Donate to the Food Bank for Monterey County
The Food Bank for Monterey County accepts non-perishable food items year-round.
Food Drop-Off Location
The Food Bank for Monterey County
353 West Rossi Street, Salinas, CA 93907
Please call Cathie Montero at the Food Bank at 831-758-1523, or email for a location in your neighborhood.
Make a credit card donation by calling 831-758-1523. Visa/MasterCard/American Express are accepted.
Make a secure online donation using your credit card.
Make your check payable to Food Bank for Monterey County and mail it to: 353 West Rossi Street, Salinas CA 93907
For more information, please contact the Food Bank for Monterey County at 831-758-1523, or visit their website. You can also dial '211' 24 hours a day, for information and support for those who need food and other services.
The Associated Students (AS) Toiletry Pantry is a new pilot project (launched in September 2018). It is conveniently set up as a one-stop “take-as-you-need” service in providing basic toiletry essentials to students in need. The toiletry pantry is currently located in the AS office on the third floor of the OSU.
Through the pantry, AS has consistently provided over 500 basic toiletry items to students monthly.
The items provided in the Toiletry Pantry bins include, but are not limited to: menstrual products, hair care products, soap, dental hygiene products, shaving cream, and more. We acquire these products through donations from local companies, CSUMB faculty and staff, and AS also subsidizes the purchase of necessary products to stock the bins.
How to donate:
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