Poly Pantry

The Poly Pantry was established is 2019 to serve students impacted by food insecurity. By providing access to food and basic necessities and referrals to campus and community-based resources, the Poly Pantry hopes to maximize student success.

The Poly Pantry is available to all who feel they are in need. As a customer-choice pantry individuals are empowered to shop for what they need and want, in order to meet their dietary needs.

Hours and Location

Monday – Friday
11 am – 1pm and 4 pm – 6pm

First floor of Bronco Student Center (Bldg. 35 Rm. 1333)

Eligibility

The Poly Pantry is available to those who feel they are in need. There are two primary sources of donated foods that are available at the Poly Pantry – general donations from the public and USDA commodities through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

When visiting the Poly Pantry, recipients will be asked to review and self-certify that they fall at or below the income guidelines, established by the California Department of Social Services, to receive TEFAP items.

For more details about the TEFAP qualifications, see below. For more info and additional community based resources, visit the LA Regional Food Bank website.

Shopping Guidelines

Students may visit the Poly Pantry once a week and select 5-10 items* per visit.

*It is highly encouraged to take an assortment of items for a well-balanced meal.

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  • What is TEFAP?

    The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is a federally funded food program which distributes USDA commodities to nonprofit and government agencies. These agencies in turn distribute commodities to income-eligible individuals free of charge.

  • Who qualifies to receive TEFAP items?

    Individuals who self-certify that they fall at or below the income guidelines, established by the California Department of Social Services, are eligible to receive TEFAP items. Recipients will not be asked for proof of income or residency. Household eligibility may be determined on either monthly or annual income; it is not necessary to qualify on both.

    In order for a recipient or household to be eligible for TEFAP items, they must reside in the geographical area of Los Angeles county, regardless of length of residency. Documentation of residency is not a requirement to receive food. A recipient who lives outside of the county may receive commodities, however the client should utilize a site in their own service area to pick up commodities in the future.

  • Confidentiality

    The purpose for collecting Bronco ID’s is to know how many students are accessing the resource, at what frequency and who the students are that are using it the most, to ensure that we are targeting those populations that need to be served. All data is confidential, we are not looking at names or specific information. This data is used to track usage and advocate for more resources.

  • Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Policy

    Students are encouraged to engage in sustainability practices. Upon request, students will be given a reusable bag during their first visit (while supplies last). If they return, students are asked to bring their reusable bag back with them.

  • Dietary Needs and Restrictions

    The Poly Pantry carries products that contain or may contain allergens. Students are responsible for reading all product labels carefully before consuming any item. It is recommended that students select items that meet their dietary needs and restrictions.

  • Support

    The Poly Pantry operational costs are funded through an allocation from the Cal Poly Pomona student body fees and provides the staffing and administrative costs to maintain the pantry. The food and other resources provided to those in need, however, are entirely donation-based from our campus and community partners. Your gift makes a meaningful impact on our campus community, by helping students meet their basic needs and persist on their path toward graduation and on to a successful future.

    To help us provide reliable access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food, please consider our list of suggested healthy donations.

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    Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

    ASI Care Coordinator’s Office
    Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Location: BSC Bldg. 35 – Rm. 1339C (first floor, inside the student government office)
    Phone: (909) 869-2343

    Conference & Events Front Desk
    Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed
    Location: BSC Bldg. 35 – Rm. 2359 (second floor, above dining vendors)
    Phone: (909) 869-2847

Additional Resources

 

Broncos Care Basic Needs Program www.cpp.edu/~basicneeds
Integrated Care Network www.cpp.edu/~healthwellbeing/icn.shtml
MyBAR Find Free Food Events on campus
Feeding America Find your local Food Bank
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Find Food
211 LA County Food Assistance Programs
Orange County Free Food Map
211 OC County Food Assistance Programs
San Bernardino County Pantries  |  Soup Kitchens
211 SB County Food Assistance Programs
Market Match Locate Farmer’s Markets that accept & match Cal Fresh benefits

Contact

For any questions about the pantry please contact:

Alyssa Christiansen
(909) 869-2343
polypantry@cpp.edu

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