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Owls Nest

About Our Owls Nest Food Pantry


Food Pantry e-Gift Cards

  • Instead of picking up  groceries on campus, students registered for services will receive an electronic gift card (e-Gift Card) for $50 to be used for the purchase of groceries— on an ongoing basis, funding permitting. Details to follow upon registration.
  • Your  e-Gift Card(s) may be used in-person at Walmart & Sam's Club and online at
  • Please know that we will not approve a receipt if there is a balance of more than $3 dollars remaining on your gift card. 



Students need to register once per quarter to receive e-Gift Cards for the quarter in which they would like to receive services.

Registration Instructions

1. Summer Application: CLICK HERE to Apply

2. When you register, we'll verify your enrollment and email address. Make sure the email you use matches the one in MyPortal. 

3. After we verify your information, you'll be added to the next distribution date (see dates below).

4. Once you get your e-Gift card, submit your grocery receipt. We'll check that the receipt is for food items only. After verification, you'll be eligible for the next distribution date. 


Instrucciones de Registro

1. Aplicacion disponible: haga clic para aplicar

2. Una vez que te registres, verificaremos tu inscripción y correo electrónico. Asegúrate de que tu correo coincida con el de MyPortal.

3. Después de verificar tu inscripción y correo electrónico, te agregaremos a la próxima fecha de distribución (consulta las fechas a continuación).

4. Después de recibir tu tarjeta de regalo electrónica, envía tu recibo de compras. Una vez que verifiquemos que el recibo es solo de alimentos, te agregaremos a la próxima fecha de distribución.

Returning Food Pantry Students


  1. Please ensure you have sent all your eGift Card shopping receipts to us with your 8-digit Foothill Student CWID  to email
  2. Register for the current quarter you want to receive food pantry benefits.

Distribution Dates: Summer 2024

Note: Grocery gift cards will ONLY be distributed on the following distribution dates. Distribution dates subject to change or cancelled due to funding or change in supply. 

  • July 18
  • August 1

Cards are sent by the end of the day of the distribution date. This allows students to register or turn in receipts.

Note: The Foothill Pantry is not able to give retroactive cards.

  • Please submit your receipt/s as soon as possible to be added to the next distribution.
  • Receipts are due no later than 12:00pm on the day of distribution to allow time to process them. Receipts submitted after 12:00pm on the day of distribution will not be processed in time for that date's distribution, which means you will miss receiving a grocery card. 
  • Failure to submitting receipts will result in not receiving an e-card until a receipt is received by food pantry staff, and once we receive the receipts, we will add you to the next distribution date. The receipt should only reflect the gift card you were issued. 

Purchasing non-food items with the e-Card is not permitted.

  • The purchase on non-food items, alcohol or tobacco, will result in loss of continued access to Food Pantry services.


Thank you to our Donors

A special thanks to the Assistance League® of Los Altos for their contribution and ongoing support to the Foothill Food Pantry.  Thanks to donors like the Assistance League® of Los Altos, hundreds of students facing food insecurity are able to put food on their tables. To make a donation to the Food Pantry and support students in need, you may click HERE.

Local Community Resources

 For hunger assistance within your local communities and information about CafFresh for Students,  a state program that awards you up to $193 a month for groceries, see our list of community hunger support resources.

Our Commitment

When you are experiencing hunger, you are not alone.

At Foothill College we strongly believe that no student should face hunger while pursuing their educational and career goals. However, an increasing number of students are facing food insecurity and we are committed to help.


CalFresh for Students

CalFresh: Need Money for Food?

Find out if you're eligible for CalFresh!

  • Monthly cash assistance for purchasing food
  • Provided via EBT debit card (looks like any other debit card)
  • Use it to buy groceries and fresh produce at participating stores, restaurants and farmers' markets

To find out if you qualify, get help with your application, or extend your eligibility, you can ask questions or get help via Zoom with a Foothill staff member.

Please reach out to Sonia Sánchez at

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We're Here to Help!

Owls Nest
Basic Needs Center


Building 2100, Room 2152

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