Meal Cards

Emergency Meal Cards - Applications Paused for Spring Break

The Emergency Meal Card Application is currently paused due to the City Eats closure for Spring Break. If you are facing an emergency around your food access or other basic needs, please reach out to the Basic Needs Request for Support Form 


Food access off campus: 

  • You can use the Food Finder to locate the nearest food pantry to you! Once you put in your zip code, it will identify local resources and the days/times they are open. 

  • Stonestown hosts a food pantry every Wednesday between 12-4PM 


Food access on & near campus: 

Many campus resources will be closed or limited during Spring Break so we recommend you checking their website and/or social media for more informaiton.  

  • Gator Groceries is an emergency food program open Monday-Friday for students to pick up free food at the bottom floor of the Cesar Chavez Center! Follow their Instagram @as_marketandpantry_sfsu for updates on weekly in-stock groceries. Food Pantry hours are walk-in, and Gator Groceries are by appointment. You can book a Gator Groceries appointment using this link. Once you've booked an appointment, you can go any time between 11am-4pm on the day of your reservation.  

  • Food Pantry hours: Monday 1-5PM, Tuesday & Wednesday 12-5PM   

  • Gator Groceries hours: Thursday & Friday 11AM-4PM  

  • Gator Grub Alert is a is a function of the SF State mobile app where students can sign up to be notified when there is free food on campus. Gator Grub Alert allows Staff & Faculty to post excess catered food after their events allowing students to get a free meal. 

Emergency Meal Card Applications Live

This community meal-sharing program helps elevate student food security by providing free meals at City Eats Dining Hall to SF State students facing barriers accessing enough food. 

  • The Emergency Meal Card Program is a partnership with Sodexo, who donates 2000 meals to FSS every semester so that we can provide these meal cards.  


  • Meal cards are reserved for students who currently do not have access to food. This program is not intended to be a supplement for a meal card or students who need to find ways to cut the cost of purchasing food. This is for emergency situations.  


  • Students can receive one card per semester. If a student needs additional cards, they will need to meet with an FSS Staff member via the Request Form to discuss longer-term solutions for food security. This may or may not include a second card.


  • Meal cards hold 10 meals and can only be used at City Eats on campus.

Emergency Meal Cards Updates for Fall 2023

Due to the high need and impact on our office, we are changing the process to be an online application (no more walk-ins) where you will need to complete the application and schedule a pick up time.

We appreciate everyone's patience as we finalize our process! The online application will go live on our website starting August 28th, 2023 starting at 8 AM.

If you need additional basic needs services, please fill out our request form below!