Following the grand opening for The Stand Feb. 9, San Diego Mesa College’s new food
and clothing pantry has been successful in both collecting donations and helping students
Since its debut, The Stand, has served 227 food items to 118 individual Mesa College
students. Donations from students, faculty and the community of San Diego have been
pouring in; including a donation of $3,000 from one source and a widow from Vista
who donated suits that belonged to her late husband.
“This is an opportunity for us to re-declare that we are the ‘Leading College of Equity
and Excellence’ – The Stand is just one of the many examples that allows us to say
that,” said Mesa President Dr. Pamela Luster, Ed.D., during the grand opening ceremony.
Mesa’s outstanding students continue to be a driving force for the success of The
Stand. Repeat Boutique – an upcoming fundraiser for the Fashion Department at Mesa
College – will be donating business attire to The Stand, and the Associated Students
is planning a donation drive competition between the clubs on campus.
Other students have made individual donations or have inquired about possibly volunteering
their time to The Stand, an addition to The Stand that will be incorporated in the
“One donor that we owe a lot to is the Mesa Foundation because they gave us our first
mini-grant to get all the equipment for The Stand,” said Claudia Estrada, Transfer
Center and Career Guidance Center Supervisor.
Serving an average of 30 students a day, The Stand is now seeking more donations to
replenish the shelves. Individual items requested for donation include shelf-stable
meals, yogurt and drinks, travel-size deodorant, applesauce packets, Progresso soup,
mac and cheese, granola bars and snacks.
Items can be dropped off at The Stand in I4-204 or at the Office of Student Success
and Equity in I4-401. Interested parties can now donate money to The Stand via PayPal
online through the San Diego Mesa College Foundation.
For more information about using or donating to The Stand, visit www.sdmesa.edu/TheStand, or contact Johanna Aleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 388-5940.
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