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 has lead the way in developing programs that directly provide nutritious meals to students as well as assisting students in identifying resources to nutritious food.
We offer three programs to address a variety of food insecurity needs.
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. Students can complete an application with the Office of Student Life where the Student Life Counselors verify eligibility and need. Once enrolled in the program, students are required to meet with a counselor three times a semester. At each visit, students receive five $5 vouchers to be used in any of our on-campus food vendors and also receive relevant timely counseling services. To apply, visit us in Cayton 202 and ask for an application at the front desk.
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 Black Collegians/Adelante, EOP&S, the Veterans' Resource Center, and Athletics. 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 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 foodbank supplements these deliveries with other scrumptious fruits and vegetables when available. The Farmer’s Market is open to ALL STUDENTS and takes place in front of the Organic Learning Garden, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 during regular semesters.