San Diego Mesa College, via The Stand, seeks to alleviate food insecurity for our students by providing a safe and secure environment where all students have access to free food and professional clothing to help them succeed both in the classroom and in the community. We also provide education to the campus and local community about food insecurity.
“The Stand” is the food pantry and clothing closet at San Diego Mesa College that assists students by providing free food and clothing resources. Resources from The Stand are available to all students.
Visit The Stand in I4-205 on the 2nd floor of the Student Services building (I4-205) or contact us at Mesathestand@sdccd.edu.
During the 17-18 academic year, The Stand at San Diego Mesa College sent out two surveys (fall and spring) to students who had used our services and they gave us permission to share their stories.
If it wasn’t for the stand I wouldn’t be able to eat due to the high cost of living in California. I work and it’s still not enough to live on while attending school. The income inequality has gotten worse and more difficult for the middle and lower class to get ah as in life. - Mesa Student
Before the stand lack of food would cause me to get poor grades. - Mesa Student
I was homeless at the age of 14, I barely survived high school and when I got into college I was worried that I might have not have gotten the same rescores I got in high school like meals and clothes. With the stand, I was able to get new clothes and meals. - Homeless Mesa Student
It has helped me understand the financial burden that a lot of students go through and how much they need to rely on others to help them. It makes me want to help my community more often! - Inspired Mesa Student
I thank the stand and everyone who has worked there for all the donations for any one of us students that partook in these services. It has helped me a great deal in more ways than one. I was able to focus on my studies and job interviews in a much better way thanks to the STAND.
The Stand offered me a place to find professional attire for my upcoming interview. It also provided me with snacks to eat in between my finals. The Stand has other supplies that are very beneficial if I ever needed emergency bathroom items or hygiene products.
Sometimes and no idea how I was going to eat and I was so starving didn't think I could sit through class but because I found out that this was available I was able to go and stop by before or after class and actually get at least a snack or something to eat and it really helped out
I'm a FFY at Mesa, I have limited income and it goes to meeting my housing needs. The Stand helps me with food so I may stay concentrate and healthy to stay attend class and stay in school.
The Stand: Farmer’s Market
Farmer's Market is a monthly event, made possible via a partnership with Feeding San Diego, and offers students and members of the Mesa College community access to free fresh produce. The Farmers Market is generally held on the 3rd Thursday of the month (see schedule for dates) on campus in the Sunrise Plaza, near Mesa Commons. The initiative is part of Mesa College’s efforts towards “Taking a Stand Against Hunger.” The monthly event also hosts additional campus resources for students, such as Cal Fresh enrollment and 211 San Diego.
See the campus calendar for the next Farmers Market.
The Stand Point System
Special Thanks to the Following Contributors
The Stand would like to thank the following entities for their support in launching and maintaining The Stand's goal in providing a source of equity to our students.
- San Diego Mesa College Associated Students
- San Diego Mesa College Foundation
- San Diego County Local AFT
- San Diego Mesa College Financial Aid Department
- San Diego Mesa College Career Center
- San Diego Mesa College Student Success and Equity Office