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Student Life

Food Insecurity Program


Nearly 25% of college students experience some degree of food insecurity at some point during their collegiate career. Support is available through the Office of Student Life for students who are experiencing food insecurity - the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. The program is grounded in trust, thus all requesting or referred students will receive assistance. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please reference the drop-down menus below to learn about eligibility and how to gain access to these resources.

Through this program, students have the opportunity to gain access to the Bronco Pantry, donated gift cards to local stores, and/or donated SCU dining points. The Bronco Pantry regularly stocks non-perishable food items and fresh produce in partnership with the SCU's Forge Garden. Students are offered individual consultation and resources if looking for support beyond SCU either during their time as a student or in advance of graduation. 

Since the start of this program in Spring 2018, SCU has served over 230 students and has been an essential resource for many of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Any questions regarding the Food Insecurity program and/or Bronco Pantry can be directed to Allie Dahlberg at   

  1. Be a registered Santa Clara University graduate or undergraduate student,
  2. Complete the online registration form on the Office of Student Life website, and
  3. Speak with an Office of Student Life representative to provide access to funding and discuss resources and support services. 

Requests are confidential and will be honored without questioning the legitimacy of the need.

Consider registering for this program or referring a student if food insecurity is present or there is a financial need. Food insecurity is the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.

Complete the following intake form and a member of the Office of Student Life will contact you or the referred student within one business day to set up a time to speak. The purpose of the meeting is to collect information from the student to determine which resources will be most beneficial and to initiate access to such resources. If long-term need is necessary, the Office of Student Life will work with the student to find additional resources and support services. 

This program is supported 100% through donations with no expectation of re-payment.

  • Gift cards (Target or Safeway): E-gift cards can be sent to and will be distributed to students directly. Cards loaded with amounts of $25 and $50 are preferred.
  • Cash Donations: Donate directly to our program on the Santa Clara website here.

  • Donated itemsDuring the COVID-19 crisis, a donation bin has been placed in the lobby of the Campus Safety Services office. The bin is available 24/7 for donation drop-offs. Most needed items include rice, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, microwavable meals (vegetarian friendly), granola bars, dishwashing sponges and dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. We, unfortunately, cannot accept homemade items.

  • Amazon Wishlist: due to the COVID-19 crisis, we can only accept Safeway gift cards from our wishlist. To ensure quick retrieval during the COVID-19 crisis, physical cards will be mailed to Assistant Dean Kimberly Gilkey by selecting "Kim Gilkey's Gift Registry Address" at checkout. Our staff will hand off these gifts directly to the students.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity!