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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 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, champions the fight against campus hunger. Our mission is to ensure every student has access to the nutritious food they need for well-being and academic success.  Through strategic partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and community members, we rescue nutritious food destined for landfills and redirect it to those in need.


Our commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility is unwavering, as we work to reduce waste and support students facing food insecurity.


Serving over 4,500 students monthly across Los Angeles County, from San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, SLB is dedicated to empowering students with food security. Join us in our mission to nourish minds and eliminate campus hunger.

Meet The Board


Armine Badalyan
Board Secretary

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Marco Conzalez
Board Treasurer 


Karlen Nurijanyan
Chief Executive Officer

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Laurie Settle
Board Chair


Janine Roberts
Board Member

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Kelly Alercon
Board Member

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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