*Serving Students Since 1983*

Palomar College Food Bank Policy

The Office of Student Affairs maintains a food bank for Palomar College students who need a helping hand with emergency hunger. The food bank is housed at the Palomar College Anita and Stan Maag Food & Nutrition Center, which is available as a supplemental resource for those in need. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) manages this food bank and is committed to supporting a healthy and safe environment for our community members. Palomar College is an official partner with the San Diego Food Bank.

Food Bank Form

I would like to donate.

  • Monetary Donations: Your money can go a long way at the San Diego Food Bank! For example, the Office of Student Affairs has purchased over 400 pounds of food for only $50 at the North County San Diego Food Bank! To make a monetary donation, please contact the Palomar College Foundation, or submit your donation online and simply select “Food Pantry” when completing the online donation form.
  • Food Item Donations: We are always in need of the ‘Three Ps’ – Peanut Butter, Pasta Sauce, & Protein (canned chicken/ tuna). These items are hard to find at the San Diego Food Bank, so all of these items are always welcome. You can drop off donations at the Office of Student Affairs in SU 201!

I would like to volunteer.

I need food.

  • Eligible students may access the food bank once per month on an emergency basis.
  • Complete out the Palomar College Food Bank Application (link below).
  • Bring the complete form (printed double sided) to SU 201. Anyone in the Office of Student Affairs can help you make an appointment to access the food bank.
  • Food is distributed according to the number of immediate family members in the household (significant other/partner/spouse and/or minor children), and according to the availability of items.
  • Food Bank requests are typically filled same day.

I take Palomar College courses at one of the centers (ex: Escondido Center), but I cannot access the San Marcos location. Can I still get food?

  • Yes, if you have an emergency need, contact the Office of Student Affairs and we can make arrangements to have food delivered to your center.

Are there other places I can get FREE food on campus?

  • Yes, every Thursday at 11:30am students, staff, and faculty are invited to our #PalomarEatsNow free food event in the SEAL Center.
  • Fresh loaves of bread, pastry snacks from Starbucks, and fresh produce snacks are available for you until supplies last. The event typically runs from 11:30am-1:30pm.
  • Follow us on Social Media for up to date information about more free food events.
    • Facebook: “Palomar StudentAffairs”  Instagram: “@Palomar_Student_Affairs”

Why is the Food Bank called the Anita and Stan Maag Food & Nutrition Center? Who are Anita and Stan?

  • We are incredibly grateful for the wonderful Mr. Bob Wilson who donated the funding to create the Anita & Stan Maag Food and Nutrition Center in honor of his late best friend Stan, and his wife Anita. Stan served in the army and married Anita before he left for the Korean war. Anita was part of the very first Palomar College graduating class in 1949. Now, three generations of her family have attended Palomar.
  • To read more about Anita, check out this article written by the Palomar College Telescope.
  • To read more about the Maag Food & Nutrition Center, check out this article!

Food Bank Application

For more info about resources in North County, please review this resource guide provided by the Alliance for Regional Solutions.