Who we are:

Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs is a student-driven initiative. Our mission is to increase access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all Humboldt State University (HSU) students by engaging in campus and community partnerships and by raising awareness of food insecurity among our peers.

We aim to provide our fellow students with basic necessities and connections to community resources. Our services currently include a campus food pantry, a weekly stand with free fresh fruits and vegetables (during the growing season), CalFresh application assistance, connections to other local food resources, and outreach events.

We provide CalFresh assistance to anyone who needs it, however our pantry and food redistribution services are for matriculated HSU students only. If you have questions about this please contact

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In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry.

– Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General



Any matriculated HSU student is welcome to come by the Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 122, sign-in and walk out with food, spices, recipes, and additional resources for further nutritional assistance. Our goal at the pantry is to make sure that our student peers have enough food to eat right away.

Recreation and Wellness Room 122

***Bring a reusable bag***

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm (NEW HOURS)


Thank you to Ed at Earthly Edibles for our Farm Fresh Produce

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11am – Front of the RWC (TWO DAYS!)

Check out OhSNAP! Gardens in the meantime:


J-Point Redistribution Program
The J-Point Redistribution program is a way for students, staff, and faculty with meal plans to help students who are in need. J-points (the campus’ food currency) don’t roll over at the end of the year. People with leftover j-Points can donate those points to Oh SNAP and then students who demonstrate a need can receive those points. Students requesting J-Points do not need to have a meal plan. If you would like to inquire about donating j-points email from your HSU email account include your HSU ID and the number of dollars you would like to be donated from your J-Point account to the meal sharing program. If you are in need of J-points, email, please include your student ID number.


Introducing OH SNAP’s very own thrift shop! We started a PopUp Thrift Store to help students access affordable items and to reduce waste. We gather donated items during move-out in the spring. All money raised goes to support the pantry, farm stand, and emergency housing fund. Our next pop up will be September 11th, 2019 on the Art Quad! Follow @hsuohsnap on Instagram to stay updated.


Come chat with us about our opportunities as students with CalFresh. More students qualify than was once thought! We’re here to answer your questions and help you fill out the necessary paperwork.

Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 122

Monday-Friday: 9am – 5pm

If you prefer to sign up for CalFresh independently, you can find the online application here.
Or fill out a paper application which can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Department of Health and Human Services.


Introducing Oh Sure! HSU’s one stop shop to help you with questions about health insurance. Stop by the Oh Snap Pantry during our open hours and we can help you get signed up for Medi-Cal or Family PACT, and help out with Covered California questions!

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Learn how to cook simple, delicious and nutritious meals just for students! You get to eat what you make and all of our events are FREE!

Cooking classes/demos are currently on hold, check back in the future!

We found an amazing website where you click what food you have available to you, and the website constructs meal options for you:

Construct a meal with what you already have!

The USDA has an incredibly useful site for finding affordable, filling, and nutritious recipes:

Search through SNAP-friendly recipes!

Also, check out Leanne Brown’s website and download a free version of her Good and Cheap, to learn about how to eat well on $4/day:

Eat Well on $4/day – Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown


Check out the various ways you can join Oh SNAP!

Interested in getting involved?
OhSNAP! is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please complete and submit application to Ravin Craig at by April 25th, 2016.

View application and instructions.

Come volunteer with us! You can do the same things that student workers and club members do including assisting in the pantry or with research. We would also be happy to assist you with a class project or assignment that you may be doing as well.
Come intern or conduct class projects with us! Oh SNAP! offers a internships for students of any major. You can meet with the food pantry coordinator, health educator or faculty adviser to see if it is a good fit! Call to make an appointment.

For the Social Work Department, Oh SNAP! may be used as an internship for SW 255, 355, 682, and 683.

We also make an effort to advocate the college student’s needs and concerns in order to ease restrictions on CalFresh eligibility through surveys and research.  Food insecurity is a significant issue among college students, especially for students with dependent children who are pursuing college education; so, we are making efforts to strengthen support systems to increase access to nutritious foods for students in need.  Although the campus food pantry supplies some foods for students in need, it can’t provide them with increasing amounts of much needed food due to the limited funding.  For this problem, we provide shuttle services from the campus to Arcata Food Pantry every Saturday so that students are able to get more foods from the local food pantry.  In addition, CalFresh eligibility requirements for college students would be revised because we are trying to advocate for increased ease in the eligibility rules for CalFresh through various channels.  Therefore, it is necessary to consider other initiatives such as campus gardens and policies to increase access to nutritious foods and, more broadly, improve students’ economic stability and well-being.
Oh SNAP may be able to assist you with a class project or assignment! Feel free to ask if we can be of any assistance.

Join the Oh SNAP! club! We are committed to reducing barriers to accessing CalFresh and other public benefits aimed at improving student health and academic success. Help us plan events, shop, restock our food pantry, and more.

Oh SNAP! is open to all Humboldt State University students.

Contact us at 707-826-4556





Yes! The more perspectives the better. Having a variety of backgrounds at OH SNAP! allows us the ability to think through things differently.
Nothing has changed–although we are trying to make it easier for students to gain access to CalFresh benefits. We had the thought as students, that we wouldn’t qualify. We have now learned about specific student qualifications statuses that help students qualify CalFresh benefits.
Currently any HSU student can access the pantry once a week, but please feel free to stop by for coffee or tea anytime. Please see pantry hours.
The campus food pantry is open to any HSU students including international students and exchange students.  Please make sure to bring your student ID.
We only run our Farm stand during the fall harvest, so it is currently closed but will resume this fall.
You don’t have to bring any form of identification, just please bring a bag!



Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 122