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Biola Shares

We understand that for some of our students, it can be challenging to choose between a meal, gas or texbooks and that the added financial stress can interfere with your academic success. Biola Shares was created to help alleviate this burden so that you can feel secure and better focus on your academics.

The Biola Shares Food Pantry is meant to serve as a supplemental resource for students who have limited or uncertain access to a sufficient quantity of food or hygiene products. You are not expected to pay for items taken from the pantry.

The Biola Shares Lending Library is a resource we offer in partnership with the Library for students who may not have the financial resources for all their textbooks.

Ultimately, our vision is to ensure that all students have their basic needs met so they can thrive while receiving a college education at Biola.

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Basic Needs Form

If you have any basic needs, please fill out the form below. The purpose is to serve all Biola students in need of items (i.e. meals, groceries, books, etc.) to help you thrive in your journey here.


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Meal Share Donation Program

All students are encouraged to donate a meal from their meal plan during our meal drive at the beginning of each semester.

Donate a Meal

To request for meals donated by Biola students, complete the form below.

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Biola Shares Food Pantry

Join us at the Biola Shares Food Pantry every other Tuesday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (or while supplies last) at the old mailroom across from the SUB.

Pantry Schedule (2023–24)

September 12 and 26
October 10 and 24
November 7 and 21
January 30
February 13
March 12 and 26
April 16

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Lending Library

The Lending Library has moved from the Library to the Biola Shares Food Pantry (located across from the SUB Fireplace). However, we currently do not have inventory. If you need a book, please go to the Library, check out the book(s) you need and renew your checkout as necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Veterans have access to textbooks at the Veterans Center.

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Local Resources & CalFresh Program

Local Resources
Explore local food and resources in your community to best fit your needs.

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CalFresh Program
The CalFresh Program is a nutrition program that seeks to provide California households and student healthy food options.

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Join the Team

The Biola Shares Team consists of university staff, faculty, student leaders students just like you! We are committed to ensure that all students have their basic needs met so they can thrive while receiving a college education at Biola.

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University Resources

Biola is committed to your education journey. Explore the resources available for all Biola students below.

Academic Advising | Commuter Life | Commuter Small Groups | Career Explorer | Counseling CenterOffice of Student Accessibility | Pastoral Care | Student Wellness

    Past. Present. Future.

    Biola Shares History

    Fall 2016

    Established the Biola Shares Basic Needs Committee; launched pantry shares in the Mosaic Center and Collegium.

    Spring 2018

    Established the first pop-up food pantry in all CCCU's; created the first coordinator role with SGA funding.


    Over 1,000 meals were donated by the Biola community; launched the first comprehensive basic needs study at Biola — 2019 Biola Basic Needs Report.


    2,861 meals donated in Fall 2019; Bon Appetit commits $100,000 to Basic Needs over the next several years; partnerships grow with local churches and food pantries.