Food Pantry & Farmers Market
The Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to students in need; any student who is currently enrolled at MiraCosta qualifies for the support. The support consists of either a snack, sack lunch or a gift card if they are available. Typical food pantry items consist of canned goods (pasta, vegetables, beans, tuna, soups, and fruit), granola bars, crackers, and snack-like items. The program provides short-term relief and offers referrals for additional community resources for ongoing assistance with food insecurity. More detailed information about the Food Pantry is available on the website: www.miracosta.edu/StudentServices/servicelearning/foodpantry.
Farmers Market For You
In addition to the campus Food Pantry, MiraCosta College offers a free monthly food distribution program known as “Farmers Market for You.” This is a campus-wide collaboration with the San Diego Food Bank. For a monthly schedule and weekly hours visit www.miracosta.edu/foodpantry.
CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides monthly food benefits to income-qualifying families and students. Eligible individuals receive free money for food. Students who are interested in finding out more information about this resource can contact the Service Learning, Financial Aid, or Student Life and Leadership Office. Each one of these offices has designated staff to assist students with application intake or a referral to a CalFresh intern through Feeding San Diego, or students can apply directly at www.getcalfresh.org.
The MiraCosta Food Pantry and Farmers Market is a campus-wide collaboration and is sustained greatly through financial contributions from community, faculty, staff, and students. Financial contributions can be coordinated through the MiraCosta Foundation Office: 760.795.6645.
All services are confidential. Food distribution is handled by the following Student Services offices:
Service Learning & Volunteer Center
Oceanside Campus, Building 3300, 760.795.6616
Student Life and Leadership
San Elijo Campus Student Center, 760.944.4449, x7782
Community Learning Center, 760.795.8710