Photo of food pantryThe San Diego City College Emergency Food Pantry supports enrolled students in need by providing prepackaged items suitable for an on-campus lunch or meal.  Meals are generally an entree in a package or pull top can and a granola bar, fruit cup, or other snack, along with a water cup, bowl, utensil, and/or napkin.  Our goal is to help students stay nourished so they can stay focused on their studies.

The City College Emergency Food Pantry is a project operated by student interns and generously supported through kind donations from the staff and faculty of City College, community partners, private individuals, neighbors, and friends.  This special program accepts donations of checks and grocery store gift cards.  If you would like to donate lunch or snack items, canned or dry goods, and/or personal hygiene or care items, please contact Dr. Leroy Brady at

Location and Hours

Location Room BT 211 A
Business Technology Building
(16th & C Streets)
Hours of Distribution 
(Fall & Spring)

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

*Extended Spring 2020 Hours
Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Hours of Distribution 

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Closed Friday

56% of students surveyed at San Diego City College said they faced food insecurity in a nation-wide study conducted by the Wisconsin Hope Lab in 2018, up from 44% in 2015.  The national average for community college students was 42%.

Hunger Action Days:  On-Campus Food Distribution

Access to nutritious food is important.  Access to free, nutritious food is even better.  San Diego City College is teaming up with Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food Bank to bring free, nutritious fruits and vegetables to you.

Location:  AH/BT Upper Quad

Spring 2020 Dates and Times:

Morning:  8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
February 4
March 3
April 7
May 5

Afternoon:  1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
February 20
March 16
April 20
May 18 

Other Food Assistance Resources

Below is a list of major food assistance resources and programs available in San Diego.  (Not affiliated with San Diego City College; programs and offerings subject to change.)

211 San Diego
A comprehensive source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services in the San Diego region.  Click here for food assistance resources, and click here to find emergency food resources near you.  To contact a representative, call 211, 858-300-1211, 800-227-0997, or email

Also known as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps, CalFresh is a program for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules to supplement their budget to buy healthy and nutritious food.  Click here to apply online, or click here for a list of county Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) offices to locate your filing office.

If you have applied and been denied, but your income or household composition has changed, it is recommended that you reapply.

Feeding America San Diego
A hunger-relief and food rescue organization and the local member of the Feeding America network, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.  Click here to learn more about their programs and services, and click here to find a food distribution site near you.

San Diego Food Bank
A hunger-relief organization that provides nutritious food to individuals and families in need in communities throughout San Diego County.  Click here to learn more about their hunger-relief and resource programs. 

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you may do so by making your check payable to San Diego City College Foundation - Food Pantry.

Food donations can be made at room BT-211A, BT-313, or BT-311H, City College.

If you have any questions regarding the City College Food Pantry, please contact us at 619-388-4346.