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Food Pantry & Farmer's Market

Food Pantry & Farmer's Market

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry provides food assistance and referrals to students experiencing food insecurity; any student who is currently enrolled at MiraCosta College qualifies for the support. The support consists of either a snack or entrée items. Typical pantry items consist of canned goods (pasta, vegetables, beans, tuna, soups, and fruit), granola bars, crackers, and snack-like items. The program provides immediate, short-term relief and offers referrals for CalFresh and additional community resources for ongoing assistance with food insecurity. More detailed information about the food pantry is available on the CARE website.

All services are confidential. Food Pantry services are also available through the following Student Services offices:

Oceanside Campus
Building 3400, Room 3306 (Service Learning and Volunteer Center)
760.757.2121 x2200
Oceanside Campus Hours

Community Learning Center
Building 300, Room 327
760.795.8710
Community Learning Center Hours

San Elijo Campus 
Student Center
Building 900 (Student Gathering Space), Room 934
760.944.4449 x7475
San Elijo Campus Hours

Farmer's Market For You

In addition to the campus Food Pantry, MiraCosta College offers a free monthly food distribution program known as “Farmer's Market for You.” This is a campus-wide collaboration with the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego to provide access to FREE produce and dry goods. To access this service, students need their Spartan Pass or SURF ID number. For a monthly schedule, visit the CARE website.

CalFresh Resources

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 CARE Program. The CARE Team will identify a designated staff to assist students with application intake or a referral to a community provider who can provide application assistance. Students can also apply directly at www.getcalfresh.org.

In order to receive application assistance from the CARE Team, please email calfresh@miracosta.edu with your availability.

Local Food Distributions and Food Resources

The San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego provide a wide variety of food resources and local food distributions in a community near you. Food resources include programs like a client choice pantry, emergency food assistance, congregate meals, and more. To find out more information on how to access these resources, visit The North County Food Bank-- Programs or Feeding San Diego--Food Distributions.

Individuals may also dial 211 to speak with a well-trained and live operator to be assisted with finding nearby food resources.  

How You Can Get Involved

Volunteer your time: Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to volunteer their time assisting at our farmers market events. Volunteers are needed to set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, and provide food to students. If interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer form and/or contact us with any questions at care@miracosta.edu. For larger groups or programs that would like to volunteer, please contact us about signing up via care@miracosta.edu.

Make a financial contribution: The MiraCosta Food Pantry and Farmer's Market is a campus-wide collaboration and is sustained through Hunger Free Campus Funds and the financial contributions from community, faculty, staff, and students. Financial contributions can be coordinated through the MiraCosta College Foundation Office: 760.795.6645.

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
760.795.8710
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
760.757.2121
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
760.944.4449
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
760.795.6820
888.201.8480
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