Blog: Free, affordable resources for City College students in need

Here is a list of resources for students at City College

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Did you miss this month’s Hunger Action Day? City Times Staff Writer Lucas Barreto has suggestions for other food options. San Diego City College photo

Lucas Barreto and Tyler Perches

San Diego Community College held a Hunger Action Day in partnership with San Diego Food Bank on Tuesday, Oct. 6. If you require assistance but missed the day, resources are available to you.

Here is a list of options for food-insecure students and their families.

The San Diego Food Bank

The San Diego Food Bank is operational and continuing to assist those in need.

Most food distributed is fresh produce, but it does include some non-perishable items.

Should you have extra food to donate or time to spare, the Food Bank is still allowing volunteers to assist the community.

The San Diego Food Bank gets its food through the Neighborhood Food Distribution Program, where they get fresh food at certain distribution sites once a month in San Diego County.

Identification cards are not necessary and there are also no limitations on income, allowing anyone to be eligible for additional support.

They have 19 different locations around San Diego County opening at different times on different days.

Feeding San Diego

Feeding San Diego has been a major factor in food assistance in San Diego County.  

With the help of the community, it has responded to the critical need for food during the pandemic.

Every $1 that is donated provides four meals to local residents in need.


Students requiring housing have special opportunities

San Diego City College students facing insufficient housing have expanded resources to take advantage of, according to City College website

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is offering discounted prices to anyone from City College. The address is 1445 Sixth Ave. in Downtown San Diego.

Students, faculty or staff who have been displaced due to the pandemic can contact Director of Sales Michelle Guillory at [email protected] or calling 619-782-6400, ext. 101. 

2-1-1 San Diego has various resources to support the community. If you or your family are in need of housing resources, you can find more information click here.

-Lucas Barreto


3 ways for City College students to connect to classes online

Online classes can be a struggle for any student, but they are virtually impossible for the number of students who lack computers and internet access.

Some students have no choice but to complete coursework using a phone.

Students lacking technology have multiple nonprofits they can reach out to for help.

PCs for People

For the past 22 years, PCs for People has been helping people get their hands on computers at incredibly affordable prices.

A Microsoft-certified refurbisher, its website said it has distributed over 115,000 computers. Take advantage here. 

San Diego Futures Foundation

This foundation has the same goal of bringing computers to people who need them.

Starting at $80, the devices come pre-installed with Windows 10 and Microsoft Home and Business, ensuring you can get right to work. Visit them here.

Internet access options

For students who have computers but need internet access, the major regional service providers are a good place to start.

Cox, AT&T, Comcast, and Spectrum are offering additional services to those affected by COVID-19. To find out more information, visit the Basic Needs section of the City College Student Services page at sdcity.edu.

-Lucas Barreto

Lucas is on Twitter, @LucasBCityTimes.