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Pioneers for H.O.P.E

Our "HOPE"   Story 

"After a few months of being in this role, one of my students shared a very powerful reflection on what this program has done. It was regular follow up meeting with a student that was facing food insecurities, homeless and dealing with other mental health hardships. I checked in and asked how things were going because the student looked very excited and energized which was a different presentation than previously. The student shared the help has given them hope to live through another day and hope to achieve the dream of graduating with a college degree."

- Alex Baker, Founding Case Manager

  • ''Thank you so much for your contributions to the HOPE Pantry at CSU East Bay Hayward. As a very busy and broke working student, this is a transformative program. The fresh food and resources provided makes a huge difference in my life. I am so grateful!!''- Patrick
  • ''Thanks for all that you guys do for us. It is truly appreciated. We go through some tough times but you guys are always here for us when we need. ''- Nicole
  • ''HOPE has given me the chance to focus in school and not have to worry about food. It means a-lot to me that resources like this are available at times of need. Thank you for everything.''- Maria G.

Pioneers for H.O.P.E (Helping Our Pioneers Excel) California State University, East Bay's new intervention program will address the Chancellor's food and housing security initiatives to include wide-ranging efforts to immediately serve some of our most-at risk students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other various crisis situations.

Basic Need Initiatives:  Meeting students' basic needs everyday.

The program aims to provide at-risk students with meals temporary housing assistance, emergency funds and referrals to resources that correlate to students's success, health and wellness. The H.O.P.E. Advisory Board, with representatives from various departments on campus, has met to implement support for student starting Fall 2016 to include:

  1. An annual giving campaign for monetary donations.
  2. The opening of two campus food pantries in collaboration with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the Concord campus.
  3. Donation drives for students to include career clothing, toiletries, seasonal drives for coats and socks, etc.
  4. Establish an emergency intervention fund to support students in need of emergency assistance.
  5. Identify sources of temporary housing for students in need. The goal of Pioneers for HOPE is to give at-risk students hope by addressing their most basic needs first and eliminating barriers to allow student to focus on academic success and increase student retention.

(The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subtitle B of Title VII)

Homeless defined as a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:

  • Sharing the housing of others due or "couch surfing"
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandards housing, bus or train stations, or a similar setting

Food Pantry Appointments

Pioneers students can make an appointment to one of HOPE Food pantries on Hayward and Concord East Bay campuses through BaySync.

Pledge a Contribution for H.O.P.E.

To make a contribution online, click on HOPE, and indicate gift form to "HOPE".  You can make a difference for a Pioneer in need.

Application for Emergency Assistance

Emergency Application Form for economic emergency, meal or short term emergency housing assistance.

CalFresh Outreach Program

CalFresh dollars help stretch a tight food budget and help many people afford to incorporate healthy foods.

Community Resources

Direct services for students to find local resources needed.

Facts about the Program


HOPE Goals:
CSUEB wanted to eliminated barriers and address student's basic need first.

CSUEB Services Provided: 
As of Spring 2017: 345 people served food (per Household)



Pioneer Students Donated dining meal swipes, HOPE baskets, piggy banks for donations.  Staff and Faculty donated food and clothing drives, hosted toiletry kits workshops and annual giving campaign for monetary donation.

Grand Opening

Grand Opening

HOPE Food Pantry

Hayward campus - October 2016

Concord campus - January 2017

Library Kiosk - October 2017

Contact Us

Pioneers for H.O.P.E. - Helping Our Pioneers Excel
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • SHCS Room 1149
  • Hayward, CA 94542
  • Kellie Jones
  • Administrative Coordinator