Poly Pantry

Poly Pantry Students Serving Students In Need

About the Poly Pantry

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

The Pantry is available to all Broncos 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.

Poly Pantry Pilot Reopening

All Cal Poly Pomona students in need are able to shop in person at the Poly Pantry’s temporary location inside the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major (BSC, Bldg. 35-2611).

This service is available by appointment only for Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m., and will be available for online registration at ASI Portal.

While the Poly Pantry is a free service for CPP students, the goal is to support students in need. For example:

  • Are you worried your food might run out before you have money to buy more?
  • Do you find that healthy food options are out of your budget?
  • Are you cutting or skipping meals even if you are hungry?

If you are a CPP student and you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should know that the Poly Pantry can support your needs at no cost.

The in-person shopping experience will allow students in need the opportunity to select free groceries including fresh produce from CPP Farms and Lyle Center, packaged food, dry goods, canned goods, hygiene products, menstrual products, and kitchen utensils.

Masks must be worn at all times upon entering the BSC. Additionally, students will be required to bring their Bronco ID, sign a waiver, and complete the CPP Student Health Screener prior to coming to campus. Students are allowed one guest (family/friend) to accompany them during their visit. Guests must complete the Guest Health Screener before coming onsite.

For questions regarding the Poly Pantry pilot reopening, to request an accommodation (including curbside pick-up of groceries) or if you are having trouble with registration, please call us at (909) 826-5735 or email polypantry@cpp.edu.


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  • Operating Hours

    Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.

     

  • Eligibility and Guidelines

    Currently enrolled CPP students may visit the Poly Pantry once a week to select one pre-filled grocery bag* per visit.

    *Assortment of items are pre-packed for a well-balanced meal.

     

    Guidelines

    • Must be registered for Summer 2021.
    • Must wear a face mask and bring Bronco ID card.
    • Pre-registration and appointment required for each weekly visit.
    • Completion of the Student Health Screener is required each time, prior to coming to pick up food.
  • Release of Liability Waiver (Required)

    You must complete the waiver during registration.

     

    For any Broncos under the 18 years of age will need to email polypantry@cpp.edu (to receive a pdf copy of the waiver for parent/guardian signature).

  • Campus Protocols

    • Students must complete the Student Health Screener each time prior to coming to campus, wear a face covering, maintain personal hygiene, and practice physical distancing by remaining in the vehicle with windows closed while on campus.
    • Do NOT enter campus if you are ill, have symptoms or answered “yes” to any exposure questions on the Student Health Screener. Instead, email polypantry@cpp.edu to request an accommodation for accessibility or designate an alternative person to pick up food on your behalf.

     

    What you can do / How to protect yourself and others:

     

    What we’re doing to protect you and others:
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    (Welcome back, Broncos! We’re committed to your safety. Masks & daily wellness checks for staff. Hand sanitizer station. Social distancing for everyone. Additional safety measures. Plus, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures.)

  • FAQs

    1. How do I login?

    You can login in by visiting ASI Portal. If you still encounter issues, please email bricmemberships@cpp.edu.

     

    2. How I can make an appointment to pick up groceries?

    Pre-register to pick up a weekly grocery bag on ASI Portal. Select the day/time that works best for you. Answer the required questions. Agree to the liability waiver. Checkout and review attached email confirmation.

     

    3. How many times can we go per week?

    Students may pre-register on the ASI Portal once per calendar week.

     

    4. How can I plan my pre-registration accordingly without losing a spot?

    Check ASI Portal for registration dates and times. Registration (time slots or appointment windows) opens 7 days in advance. Registration closes 24 hours before the designated appointment time.

     

    5. Is there any options for someone who had misplaced their Bronco ID?

    A BRONCO ID is preferred but if you don’t have one any ID will suffice, just need to confirm your identification at pick up.

     

    6. Can I set an appointment through email, without going to the website?

    Online registration is required. If you require an accommodation, please contact polypantry@cpp.edu.

     

    7. I see that registration begins today but when I login and go to the website it doesn’t allow me to do sign up.

    If a time frame has no additional times available, that time slot is full. Registration (time slots or appointment windows) open 7 days in advance. Registration close 24 hours in advance.

     

    8. How would I apply for next week’s distribution?

    Check ASI Portal 7 days prior to the day you are interested in. Registration (time slots or appointment windows) opens 7 days in advance. For example, if Friday at noon is a desired time, registration opens up the Friday prior starting at noon. Registration closes 24 hours before the designated appointment time.

     

    9. Will the pantry be open every week?

    Yes, the Poly Pantry is open every week.

     

    10. How do I know if I qualify for the Poly Pantry 2 Go?

    Currently enrolled CPP students may visit the Poly Pantry once a week to select one pre-filled grocery bag per visit. Guidelines: Must be registered for Summer 2021. Must wear a face mask and bring an ID. Pre-registration and appointment required for each weekly visit. Completion of Health Screener is required each time, prior to coming to pick up food.

     

    11. Do I have to make a special request each time I’d like to pick up a grocery bag from the food pantry?

    For special requests, please contact Sandy Solano at polypantry@cpp.edu.

     

    12. Is there a possibility to pick up at a different date/day/time?

    If you require an accommodation, please contact Sandy Solano at polypantry@cpp.edu.

     

    13. Can I have another person pick up food on my behalf?

    To designate an alternative person to pick up food on your behalf, please contact polypantry@cpp.edu.

     

    14. I am a currently enrolled student at CPP, but I am under the age of 18. How can I use the Poly Pantry?

    To grant access for minors, please contact polypantry@cpp.edu.

     

    15. What items are typically included in Poly Pantry 2 Go bags?

    Fresh produce: bell peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, apples, bananas, kiwis, pears, oranges
    Dairy: almond milk/coconut milk
    Grains: pasta, rice
    Vegetables: canned corn, mixed vegetables
    Fruit: canned pears, canned pineapple
    Protein: tuna, chicken
    Meals: soup, pasta
    Snacks: trail mix, oatmeal
    Hygiene: toothpaste/toothbrush, toilet paper, menstrual items upon request

  • Additional Resources

    Recognizing that not all CPP students are currently located close to campus and may be located closer to other community-based organizations that provide basic needs support, students are encouraged to visit www.findhelp.org. This free website is a reliable, holistic, and user-friendly system designed to help individuals get connections to food, housing, transportation, and other resources.

     

Pickup Procedures (Please Read Thoroughly)

  • Steps for Pre-Registration

    • Pre-register to pick up a weekly grocery bag at ASI Portal
    • Select the day/time that works best for you
    • Answer the required questions
    • Agree to the liability waiver
    • Checkout and review attached email confirmation
  • Distribution Site Directions

    Enter the BSC through the first floor east doors near the food court (Poly Fresh) or the second floor west door near the Conference and Events service desk.Red arrows marking entrances to the BSC Poly Pantry service on a campus map

  • Steps for Pick-Up

    Before Returning to Campus

     

    Prior to Physically Coming to Campus
    • Complete the required Health Screener each time prior to physically coming to campus.
    • Do not come to campus if you are ill, have symptoms or answered “yes” to any exposure questions on the Health Screener.
    • Contact polypantry@cpp.edu to request an accommodation for accessibility or designate an alternative person to pick up food on the student’s behalf.
    • Bring your face mask and Bronco ID card.

     

    While on Campus

    WEAR A FACE COVERING

    • Face coverings must be worn by all vehicle occupants and children age of 2 and older when on campus to pick up food.
    • Only individuals who have been instructed not to wear a face covering by their medical provider are exempt from wearing one.
    • For exemptions or to request a face shield due to a documented disability or legitimate medical reason, contact drc@cpp.edu

     

    PRACTICE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
    Walk-Up

    • Avoid close contact with others by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance. (Being within approximately 6 feet of a person with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case for greater than 15 minutes increases your risk for COVID-19.)
    • Walk up to the Poly Pantry’s temporary location inside of the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major (BSC, Bldg. 35-2611)
    • Maintain physical distancing by following visual guides and floor markings indicating where to stand while in line waiting to receive services.
    • Check-in with pantry staff upon arrival. Place Bronco ID card on the table surface for pantry staff to verify registration.
    • Wait at a safe distance while pantry staff approach to place bag of food on the table for you.
    • Approach the table to pick up your bag after pantry staff return to a safe distance

     

    MAINTAIN PERSONAL HYGIENE

    • Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and surfaces that are touched by others, with unwashed hands. (How to Wash Your Hands Properly)
    • Disinfect supplies and packaging before consumption
    • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol by rubbing into the hands until completely dry. (How to Sanitize Hands Properly)
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed or sanitized immediately.

Important notice re COVID-19: Please note any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed while in attendance at the event. Being within approximately 6 feet of a person with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case for greater than 15 minutes increases your risk for COVID-19. By registering, you accept the Terms of Service and have read the Campus Protocols. By participating, you agree that you have completed the required Health Screener, each time prior to physically coming to campus to pick up food at the Poly Pantry curbside pickup distribution.

Support

Due to COVID-19 and the closure of ASI facilities, the Poly Pantry is not accepting in-person drop-off donations at this time. To help us provide reliable access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food, please consider our list of suggested healthy donations at the links below:
Make a Monetary Donation

Contact

For any questions about the pantry please contact:
Sandy Solano
(909) 826-5735
polypantry@cpp.edu

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