About Food Security
We offer several programs to address food insecurity needs and refer students to a wide variety of community-based resources.
Santa Monica College has been very active in addressing the food insecurity issues of SMC’s students.
Over the past two years, SMC’s Office of Student Life along with the Associated Students Board of Directors have to lead the way in developing programs that directly provide nutritious meals to students as well as assisting students in identifying resources to nutritious food. Food security programs and events are supported by the Associated Students and Student Health Services.
Food Security Events
CalFresh Mobile will be on campus at various events. Look for the CalFresh Mobile on the driveway between the south quad and the library.
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Started by the Associated Students in the Fall of 2016, the Free Lunch Voucher program recognizing that student success is intricately tied to having access to our most basic needs, provides hot meals to our most vulnerable students.
Currently enrolled Santa Monica College Students can complete an application with Student Health Services or the Office of Student Life where the Student Life Counselors verify eligibility. Students will then meet with a social worker in Student Health Services to ensure they are connected to all essential resources on campus.
Once enrolled in the program, students are required to meet with a counselor or social worker three times a semester. At each visit, students receive six $5 vouchers to be used in any of our on-campus food vendors and also receive relevant timely counseling services.
Location: Student Health Services, bottom on Cayton Center, or Student Life Cayton Center, Room #202, above the cafeteria, elevator on the east side of the Cayton building.
The Galley is a food closet program in collaboration with the Westside Foodbank; it provides four food closets to high need program areas around campus. The food is available for any student in need where they can gather a few grocery items or grab-and-go options to carry them through the week.
The Galleys can be found in the following departments:
- Black Collegians/Adelante
- Veterans' Resource Center
- Photography Office
Program leaders and administrators monitor each of these areas and provide access to the closets. To access a closet, talk to a program leader in one of these areas.
The Corsair Market is a free farmer's market, for currently enrolled Santa Monica College students, that runs every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters. Student volunteers and staff members were trained, in partnership with Food Forward, to glean produce from the Santa Monica Wednesday Farmer's Market and bring the boxes of food to SMC for distribution.
On average, we receive between eight and ten boxes of produce that student volunteers hand out to students. The Westside food bank supplements these deliveries with other scrumptious fruits and vegetables when available.
The Farmer’s Market is
open to all students and takes place inside the cafeteria (east side by the vending machines) during regular semesters.
March 4, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
Bring your SMC College ID and your own grocery bag.
How to Help
If you would like to help by donating food or sharing where food is available, visit: