Enactus partners with San Diego Food Bank


Enactus will partner with the SD Food Bank to give away free food to students in the quad outside the bookstore. Photo credit: Christopher Handloser

Diego Lynch

The City College Enactus Food Empowerment and Sustainability Center, or food pantry, has formed a partnership with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, a non-profit which provides food at low prices to people and organizations. The food pantry currently serves 50-60 people per day.

Items sold at 18 cents per pound “are usually dry goods like beans and rice, canned goods, and there are some free items that are offered to us like fresh produce, bread, and pet food,” said Marie Disnew, Enactus project adviser. “The 25 cents a pound would be frozen foods,” she added.

Since its opening in February, the City College food pantry has received major donations of food from the Athletics Department. Under the supervision of Kathy McGinnis, Dean of Athletics, the department has donated 2,000 pounds of food.

Chere Smith, Student Director of the Food Pantry, has also submitted an application to Feeding America, a national organization for combating hunger. However, she said that the application has been delayed because the San Diego branch of Feeding America is undergoing restructuring and that the application could not be approved until that is complete.

The food pantry is administered by Enactus. It’s an international non-profit organization whose City College chapter partners with the Business Department to build student entrepreneurial skills.

Food is available at the food pantry Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room A16. Students are limited to one visit per week and must present a student ID when requesting food.

Please click here for the City Times initial report about the Enactus food pantry.