The Stand, seeks to alleviate basic needs insecurity for our students by providing a safe and secure environment where all students have access to free resources both on campus and in the community including but not limited to food, professional clothing, transportation, childcare, housing, personal health, books, and school supplies to help them succeed both in the classroom and in the community.
We accomplish this by providing direct student support where student can meet with a basic needs counselor as well as a food pantry and clothing closet at San Diego Mesa College that assists students with no-cost food and clothing resources. Resources from The Stand are available to all students. We also provide education to the campus and local community about basic needs insecurity.
Most services listed below are only available to Mesa College students.
Please note that all direct student aid provided are considered short-term assistance to address your current needs for the semester. Furthermore, campus of record currently needs to also be listed as Mesa College (admissions application & FAFSA application).
Most students are eligible for resources as long as they are registered for one course at Mesa College.
There are no income requirements and you do not need to provide proof of income to receive benefits.
Applications are not necessary to utilize the emergency food pantry and/or the Professional Clothing Closet - Stop by K105/106 for support.
If you are experiencing economic hardship and basic needs crisis that impacts your current education success, it is recommended to complete a Basic Needs Intake application to meet with a Basic Needs Counselor for further support.
*Other than resources, we are not able to provide direct student aid to international students at this time.
If you have never met with a Basic Needs counselor at Mesa College:
If you have previously met with a Basic Needs counselor at Mesa College:
Mesa College offers no-cost fresh produce through two large scale food distributions, Mobile Pantry and Farmers Market.
The initiative for both food distribution is Mesa College's efforts towards Taking a Stand Against Hunger.
Gently used professional clothing and shoes of all sizes can be dropped off at The
Stand anytime during operation hours. Donation Receipt can be provided upon request.
The Stand is Located in K105/106.
Donations can be made online through the San Diego Mesa College Foundation.
Purchase much needed items from Amazon and have them sent directly to The Stand.
Make sure to select The Stand's Gift Registry Address at checkout.
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: