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Nutrition security is defined by the USDA as "having consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote well-being and prevent (and if needed, treat) disease, particularly among racial/ethnic minority populations, lower incomes populations, and rural and remote populations". Food and nutrition insecurity has significant impacts on mental, physical and social wellbeing and educational attainment. As a FLI student at Stanford, eating well can often be tied to income and thus it can be challenging to find affordable meals.

Stanford Food Asset Map

The Stanford food asset map is a living object created to provide informational access on food resources for first generation and low income students.


Below are some non-exhaustive resources for FLI students related to food security and nutritional wellbeing:

Food Pantry

In partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Stanford R&DE hosts monthly pop-up food pantries for undergraduate and graduate students and their affiliates who need additional food support. Each student household is eligible to receive produce, dairy, meat or poultry and non-perishable items at no cost. Visit their website to learn more or to register for the food pantry newsletter to remind you to register for the monthly service

Budget Friendly Eats On Campus*

*As indicated by the $ value on Google.


CalFresh is California's Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. CalFresh is designed to help you purchase food and eat healthier. As indicated on their website, "CalFresh is a California financial aid program that helps students buy food and eat healthier. It won't affect your financial aid and you don't need your parent's tax return information to apply"