What is the Food Pantry?

The food pantry is a free service for any MiraCosta student. The goal is to provide an emergency sack lunch or snack for a student who is hungry. This service is one way MiraCosta supports students success, by meeting one of their basic needs, food. While the food pantry is not set-up to provide ongoing or daily food services for students, every student is given a list of community resources (local food pantries and CalFresh application information) and encouraged to reach out to these organizations that address food insecurity among our community. A sack lunch may consist of a can of soup, pasta, chili, etc., a granola bar, a fruit cup or can of fruit, and crackers/chips. The items available vary.

Who do we Serve?

The food pantry serves any MiraCosta student with either a snack, sack lunch, enough canned goods to get them through a day or two while they connect with community food pantries, and when available it can also provide gift cards to our own campus cafeteria or local grocery stores.

How to Access the Food Pantry

The food pantry services are confidential and can be accessed through the Service Learning & Volunteer Center (3306 next to Admissions and Records) or Health Services. These services are also available at the San Elijo Campus in the Student Activities Office and at the Community Learning Center in the front reception desk. During the 2015-2016 school year the food pantry provided 835 sack lunches and snacks to MiraCosta students.


History of the Food Pantry

The food pantry was started by a service learning student/former Student Advocate, Cathy Robin. While she was enrolled in a Health/Nutrition class, she heard and noticed that students were hungry on campus. As an advocate she quickly turned her concern into action. She met with Dr. Carol Wilkinson, Service Learning Coordinator at the time, to discuss the issue and to find a solution. She remembered that at one of the Service Learning conferences they had recently attended, there was a college that had a food pantry. A committee was formed with various MiraCosta student services: Health, EOPS, Student Activities, and the Nutrition instructor. With the support of Dr. Robertson (Vice President of Student Services at the time) and various administrators, the MiraCosta Board of Trustees approved to have our very own MiraCosta Food Pantry—that was nine years ago. Cathy Robin passed away of May 2016, but her spirit of advocacy and work to eradicate food insufficiency on our campus continues.

This pantry has been 100% sustained through the generous contributions of faculty, staff, students, and community members. In the spirit of service, classes have picked food insufficiency as topics of interest and as part of their service learning. They’ve raised awareness on campus and included food drives to benefit the MiraCosta Food Pantry. Every year the Service Learning Staff & Student Advocates hold food drives and raise awareness on food insufficiency on campus, locally, and globally.

Your support is welcome and needed!

Donations are welcome at the Service Learning and Volunteer Center, room 3306. The Food Pantry is only able to accept canned, glass, and plastic (factory sealed) containers. Please keep in mind, the recipients of the food pantry may not have a place to cook and may be limited to using a microwave on-campus. The best items for sack lunches include: ready-to-eat meals (i.e. EasyMac, Cup-of-Noodle, pre-packaged/pre-cooked rice, pasta, and soups), assorted canned soups, tuna, chili & stews, nutritional granola bars, protein bars, snack size crackers, pretzels, and chips, individually packaged nuts, fruit and vegetable juices, fruits cups/canned & canned vegetables (corn, black beans, kidney beans, green beans, peas), peanut butter, etc. Pull-Top & To-Go containers are preferred for students that don't have access to a kitchen.

Faculty and staff can also support the Food Pantry by setting-up payroll contributions or by donating gift cards from local grocery stores such as Frazier Farms, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Vons, Albertsons, etc. Community members can make financial contributions too! For more information contact the MiraCosta Foundation at 760-795-6645.

Students, need more Resources?

Visit our Community Partners (inquire at the organization for requirements/more details):

Food Distribution Sites (click images)

Feeding San Diego
Feeding San Diego

San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank