Basic Needs

2019 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

About Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Join us for a week of programming focused on student hunger and homelessness. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies.

This event is brought to you by the Cal Poly Pomona Basic Needs Task Force

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Website
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Kick Off Event: Ribbons of Truth

Join us as we decorate our campus with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Ribbons and facts/quotes regarding student hunger and homelessness. We will be meeting at the Career Center Lobby at 9 am and going to different areas on campus.

Monday, November 18, 2019
9 am to 11 am 
Career Center Lobby

Basic Needs and Beyond Resource Fair

 Tuesday, November 19, 2019

9 am to 3 pm

University Park 

Get more information about resources to support your basic needs both on and off-campus. From getting your finances together, getting enrolled in healthcare to getting signed up for CalFresh. You don't want to miss this event!

LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) will be providing application assistance for Medi-cal and CalFresh as well as information about CalWORKs and other social services programs. 

In attendance:

  • LA County DPSS (CalFresh, Medi-cal, CalWORKs)
  • WIC, 211 services
  • Tri-City Mental Health and Wellness Services
  • Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Children's Center
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Student Health and Wellness Services
  • Campus Cal Poly Federal Credit Union and more!


Make an appointment for CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal (LA County residents only)
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My Story: Understanding Student Hunger and Homelessness Panel

Learn about CSU and campus efforts to address food and housing insecurity and hear from CPP students how they have navigated student hunger and homelessness through a moderated panel.

Dinner provided

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

5 pm to 6:30 pm

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Cultivating Community: Parenting Students and Basic Needs

Join us for lunch to discuss the parenting student experience when it comes to meeting basic needs. We will be joined by  Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg from the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center in South Los Angeles to hear best practices on cultivating a community of care. 

Lunch Provided. RSVP required.

Friday, November 22, 2019 

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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RSVP here
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Feed a Bronco In Need
Swipe Out Hunger Campaign

Students who live on campus will have the opportunity to donate a meal from their meal plan to another student through our Swipe Out Hunger campaign. 

Donate a Meal Swipe Here
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Hunger and Homelessness Exhibit

A weeklong art exhibit presented by ASI BEAT showcasing data from the CSU Basic Needs Study.

November 18- 22

Bronco Exhibit Gallery

Can be seen while BSC is open

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Stock the Poly Pantry
Food and Supplies Drive

Help a CPP student in need!

Donate toiletries, non-perishable food, and nutritious snacks, during the "Stock the Poly Pantry" food and supplies drive Monday, Nov. 18th through Friday, Nov. 22nd

“Car-to-Pantry convenience drop-off” locations at both parking structures on 11/18 and 11/21 from 7:00am – 4:00pm

Drop-Off Locations:

Car-to-Pantry convenience drop-off:

Parking Structure 1 & 2       Monday 11/18 and Thursday 11/21      I     7 am - 4 pm


All week - Monday 11/18 through Friday 11/22

BSC C&E Desk (Bldg. 35)     I     8 am to 8 pm

Pride Center (Bldg. 26)     I     8 am to 5 pm

Student Health Services (Bldg. 46)     I     8 am to 5 pm

SSB (Bldg. 121) 1st floor lobby     I     8 am to 5 pm

Career Center (Bldg. 97)     I     8 am to 5 pm

What Students Need:

  1. Cookware
    • Food storage containers- microwave-safe
    • Reusable mugs/cups- microwave-safe
    • Reusable utensils
    • Can openers
  1. Toiletries
    • Oral hygiene - toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash
    • Body care - deodorant, razors, bar of soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner
    • Paper products - wet wipes, toilet paper, tissue
    • Cold/flu- Emergen-C, cough drops, Theraflu, multivitamin, hand/feet warmers, honey sticks
    • Laundry soap packets/pods for individual use
  1. Food
    • Microwavable meals-ready-to-eat
    • Canned meals (pull top)- soups, pasta, chili, stew
    • Canned proteins (pull top)– chicken, tuna, spam, beans
    • Dry goods – cereal, oatmeal, microwave-ready rice, pasta, potatoes,
    • Nutritious snacks – fruit cups, apple sauce, granola bars, fruit bars, nuts/seeds
    • Canned vegetables (pull top)– corn, peas, carrots, beans, broth, mixed
    • Tea bags, instant coffee, hot chocolate, cider packets