All SMC food security programs are temporarily on hold. Students experiencing food insecurity can email
firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or check out these
Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry
Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (or until supplies last) Rain or shine!
- Proof of Current Enrollment: Be prepared to show your SMC ID card or current enrollment by holding it up against the closed car window. No exceptions.
- Limit: One (1) bag per student (or until supplies last)
- All students must wear face coverings. Mandatory social distancing enforced.
SMC's Drive-Thru Pantry is made possible by:
Starting May 20 through June 17, Sunrise Produce will provide individually packaged produce boxes with an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will be in addition to produce provided by Westside Food Bank and Vicente Foods.
- Sunrise Produce
- Westside Food Bank
- Venice Family Clinic
- The Butter End Cakery
- SMC Foundation
- Vicente Foods
Directions - Mandatory Social Distancing Enforced
- All vehicles must enter Parking Lot #1 at Pearl Street, west of 20th Street. (Located behind the Science Building).
- Once you reach the distribution booths, put your vehicle in park & turn off the engine.
- Step out of your car to collect the food and quickly & safely return to depart.
- Only students may exit the car. If multiple students arrive together, you must take turns exiting the vehicle to maintain social distancing.
- No proxies will be accepted.
- No Vehicle? While SMC strongly encourages everyone to
arrive separately in a vehicle for your safety and ours, we understand
some students may solely depend on public transportation.
- A mandatory social distancing line – requiring each
individual to stand a minimum of six (6) feet apart at all times – will
be strongly enforced by SMCPD. Enter from Pico Blvd.
About Food Security
Student success is largely impacted by health and nutrition, and we recognize the challenge many of our students face accessing affordable and nutritious food. Santa Monica College offers several programs to address food insecurity needs and refer students to a wide variety of community-based resources.
SMC’s Office of Student Life along with the Associated Students Board of Directors have led 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.
You don’t have to choose between purchasing books and eating healthy! CalFresh is California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. You may be eligible for up to $192 per month in CalFresh benefits!
We can help you with application assistance and answer any questions. Contact
email@example.com to schedule an appointment. If approved, you’ll receive an EBT card that can be used to buy groceries in most food stores and farmer’s markets.
Coming soon to campus is the Bodega: SMC’s first centralized food pantry! The Bodega neighbors the main cafeteria and will be open four days a week. Any currently enrolled student is welcome to come by during operating hours and choose from a selection of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, Everytable meals, toiletries, and clothing items.
Hours: Opening date TBD
The Bodega Cookbook
Started by the Associated Students in the Fall of 2016, the Free Lunch Voucher program provides hot meals to our most disadvantaged 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 eight vouchers, valued at $8.00, to be used at any of our on-campus food vendors.
Location: Student Health Services or Student Life Cayton Center, Room #202.
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
- Photo & Fashion Department
- Veterans Resource Center
Additional, staff-run pantries can be found at Student Life, Counseling/Transfer center, and Life & Physical Sciences.
*Program leaders and administrators in these departments can provide assistance with the closets.
How to Shop on a Budget
How to Help
If you would like to help by donating food or sharing where food is available, visit: