This research aims to determine the pattern of consumption of the poor who about the strategy take food of the poor in the slum area. This search take place in the area West Dukuh Kupang of Surabaya City. As to the theory used to analyze is survival mechanism of Clark. The method used is a qualitative method that direct observation to the field to know that there is a phenomenon related to the fulfillment of the needs of the poor in a slum settlement use approach Alfred Scurtz phenomenology. Subjects in this study were poor people who resident with the slum West Dukuh Kupang of Surabaya city. Primary data collection techniques (interviews and observations) and secondary data (literature documentation). Data were analyzed using triangulation techniques. The results showed that the pattern take food of the poor depend on daily, hence the poor have a way to be able to survive on a low income and are not necessarily those. Keywords: slum area , scavenger , take food.