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Chico State Student with a box of donated food
CSU Cares

The CSU is leading the national discussion on basic needs and holistic wellness in higher education – issues that affect an alarming number of students in the CSU and elsewhere. As we continue to study these issues in depth and develop best practices, we’re also committed to matching words with actions.

Due to the incredible generosity of our donors and partners, CSU campuses have been able to greatly expand the size and scope of their efforts to establish food pantries, ensure support for foster youth and provide emergency assistance for our most vulnerable students.

Treviño Family Pledges Support to Fresno State’s March Match Up Campaign

Michael Treviño, whose Bay Area family was inspired by his aunt Ermelinda Treviño to establish an endowment to help Fresno State students facing food insecurity, pledged $32,000 in matching funds to the March Match Up campaign supporting the university’s Student Cupboard.

The campaign – a community-wide fundraising drive to battle student hunger issues at Fresno State – was launched in March 2017 with an announcement from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Programs and accounting firm Moss Adams LLP. The two community partners promised to match dollar-for-dollar all monetary gifts to the Student Cupboard up to $50,000.

With the additional commitment from the Treviño Family, the total amount of matching funds to support the free food and hygiene cupboard for Fresno State students climbed to $82,000 in 2016-2017. With matching gifts, March Match Up has the opportunity to generate more than $164,000 for the Student Cupboard when the goal is met.

Chico State Community Unites to End Food and Housing Insecurity

The Campaign for Chico State has united the support of faculty, staff and the Student Philanthropy Council to fight food and housing insecurity. Chico State’s faculty association established an endowment to support the new Basic Needs Project and the university aims to raise $50,000 in annual funds by Giving Day on November 28, 2017. Faculty and staff are now being recognized through their own giving program that provides special recognition for their commitment to Chico State.

Obershaw Endowed Gift Supports Campus Food Pantry, Foster Youth at CSUSB

Longtime friends of Cal State San Bernardino, Chuck and Shelby Obershaw, provided a $1 million endowed gift – the Charles and Shelby Obershaw Endowment for Student Success – to support students experiencing food and housing insecurities as well as emancipated foster youth.

In honor of the Obershaw’s gift, CSUSB renovated and named the Obershaw DEN Food Pantry in recognition of their forward-thinking gift to increase the university’s capacity to serve more needy students with healthy food options.

Stanislaus State Faculty Contribute $35,000 to Address Students’ Basic Needs

The Stanislaus State chapter of the California Faculty Association contributed $35,000 to its Campus Cares Fund. The donation includes $10,000 earmarked for ongoing operating expenses of the Student Emergency Fund and the Campus Food Pantry and $25,000 to establish an endowment to provide continuing support of the fund.

Stanislaus State’s Student Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to Stanislaus State students who encounter temporary financial hardships due to an emergency situation, crisis or catastrophic event. The Campus Food Pantry provides no-cost access to food and basic personal supplies for students.

Davis Family Gift Establishes Overnight Orientation for New Titans

Through a generous gift from Theresa and Richard K. Davis, alumnus and executive chairman of U.S. Bancorp, Cal State Fullerton established Overnight Orientation, a pilot program which enhances the onboarding process for the university’s most vulnerable students.

Incoming CSUF students attending Overnight Orientation receive additional resources that support academic and career exploration. The program also provides students with a greater sense of pride and belonging to the Titan community.

Sunsweet Growers Supplies Quarterly Donations to Sac State Food Pantry

Yuba City-based agricultural co-op Sunsweet Growers, Inc. committed quarterly food donations to the ASI Food Pantry at Sacramento State. Operated by student leaders, the ASI Food Pantry received the support of Sunsweet Growers to ensure their shelves were stocked throughout the year, thanks to the work of Sac State alumna Anna Klein.