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What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity, a term defined by the USDA, is the economic and social condition that signifies limited or uncertain access to adequate foodIt embodies the fear of depleting food supplies before securing more, and is characterized by a compromised diet quality, variety, or desirabilityThis condition often leaves individuals unsure of their next meal, highlighting the struggle to consistently access the necessary food for a healthy life. 


Student LunchBox is acutely aware of the escalating issue of food insecurity among college students in Los Angeles, California. According to the California Student Aid Commission, an alarming 1 in 3 students face difficulties securing enough food to sustain their living and concentrate on their academic pursuits. The situation has worsened over the years, with the Commission’s updated 2022-2023 survey findings revealing a concerning 66% of students reporting food insecurity. This marks a significant increase from the 2018-2019 academic year when the figure stood at 39%.

How do we help?

Student LunchBox (SLB), a 501(c)3 certified non-profit, is at the forefront of the fight against college hunger in Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to ensure that every student has access to the nutritious food they need to maintain their well-being and achieve academic success. By forging strategic partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and community members, we rescue wholesome food that would otherwise end up in landfills and redistribute it to students facing food insecurity.

At SLB, we are committed to promoting environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Our innovative approach not only reduces food waste but also supports students in need, serving over 4,500 individuals monthly across Los Angeles County, from San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. Through our efforts, we strive to create a positive impact on students' lives, empowering them to focus on their studies and work towards a brighter future.

Our history

The unprecedented challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic saw the emergence of Student LunchBox (SLB) as a beacon of hope for countless students grappling with the devastating effects of sudden campus closures, job losses, and financial hardships. Established in 2020 by Karlen Nurijanyan, the CEO and Founder whose personal journey is intertwined with the organization's mission, SLB has become a force for change in the fight against campus hunger.

Meet The Team


Gayane Zazyan

Mobile Market
Lead Volunteer

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Allison Norberg

Volunteer Content Creator/Copywriter


Cedrice Webber

Mobile MarketLead Volunteer


Richard Ridjan

Campus Distribution Copilot 


Angelica Chitchian

Mobile Market Volunteer 


Cassidy Bui

Campus Distribution Copilot 

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