San Diego Mesa College President Dr. Pamela Luster will visit Sacramento today to discuss the importance of addressing community college students’ basic needs such as food and housing insecurities and homelessness.
March 5, 2017
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 on campus.
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 future.
“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.
Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
Student Services Technician - Department of Equity and Excellence