Together with the Academic Senate leadership, the Basic Needs Committee is working
to develop a campus-wide basic needs statement. Stand by!
There are many ways you can assist SMC’s efforts:
Give directly to Basic Needs via payroll deduct. SMC’s Employees Payroll Deduction is available for everyone.
Pleasefill out the payroll deduct form and email it to email@example.com. Payroll deductions occur monthly for 10 months (September-June). Please indicate
on the form that you would like your contribution earmarked for Basic Needs;
Contribute in-kind to the “Basic Needs Drive” bins. For specific support, visit the Basic Needs Support
Donate your gently used clothes to Bodega Rack. Bring your clean items by during Bodega hours;
Donate your time! Sign up for a shift supporting the Bodega while engaging with students. We need help with picking up food donations from local
restaurants, grocery stores, and vendors, help with hanging up donated clothes, distributing
food to students, and restocking the shelves.
Yes! The Associated Students sponsors a program called, The Rudy Almeida Glasses-4-Classes award, providing prescriptive glasses to eligible students. Eligibility includes students
who have completed at least 12 credit units at SMC, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, currently
enrolled in at least six units in spring or fall semester, be a member of Associated
Students. More information and the Glasses for Classes application can be found on the Student Supports Services website.
Yes! We have printed brochures as well as a digital brochure highlighting the basic needs resources available. Please email Sharlyne (Massillon_Sharlyne@smc.edu) and she will put a stack for delivery via interoffice mail.
Undocumented students are not eligible for Cal Fresh unless a member of their household
is a citizen and can apply. All currently enrolled students are eligible and welcome
to access the Bodega (see schedule for hours of operation). Additionally, any P/T
or F/T students, including those who are undocumented, who meet with a Basic Needs
counselor, may receive Meal Project, providing access to free, healthy, fresh meals.
Additionally, by meeting with a Basic Needs counselor, they can be connected to their
local food pantry for additional food support.
International students that have refugee status, are lawful permanent residents, or
are on a U-visa may be eligible for Cal Fresh benefits. Students who are on an F-1
visa are not currently eligible for Cal Fresh benefits. However, they can still access
Bodega and Meal Project and can meet with a Basic Needs counselor for additional food
No. Rather, our Basic Needs Counselors will assess all of the student’s needs in addition
to food insecurity. Please refer students to the Basic Needs website. Students who need food support will be provided with a myriad of food and meal options.
SMC is working to create specific basic health services for our LGBTQIA identifying
students. Our Pride Center has a resource list of local organizations who can help.
Yes! We have an SMC Bodega Cookbook with healthy, affordable recipes prepared by one of SMC’s graduate student nutrition
interns, providing students with information using items from the Bodega to prepare
Yes! The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a $30 per month f>ederal subsidy for internet service to students with PELL
Grants, WIC, HUD, and many more qualifiers>.
There are 17 Bodega Bites locations across the main campus and on all four satellite campuses too. Each are
stocked with healthy grab-and-go snacks for students free of charge. For a complete
list of locations, visit the Basic Needs Food Security page.
Yes! We are looking for enthusiastic people to help at the SMC Bodega on Mondays,
Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays as we distribute groceries that include fresh produce,
shelf-stable items, toiletries, and other basic needs to SMC students in need. Sign
up by filling out the Bodega Staff Sign-up Form.