Saturday, September 19, 2020

Food distributions benefit Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students

Drive-through food distributions at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges this week aided students in need at the two colleges.

On Tuesday at Grossmont College, cars lined up at the lot outside Building 10 to receive the donated food, which included lentils, raisins, soup, frozen eggs and sausage. To ensure physical distancing, the recipients stayed in their cars and opened their trunks to have the food delivered. The event was organized by Gizmo’s Kitchen.

Grossmont College employees volunteered to hand out the food. “I’m glad that we’re able to do something, even if it’s just a little thing,” said Jeanette Calo, a media communications instructor.

Grossmont College Vice President of Academic Affairs Marshall T. Fulbright III said the food will have a positive impact on students and their families.

“Feeding people is fundamental to their physical health and their mental health,” he said. “It will affect students’ success rates. It’s not just impacting their education, but their entire lives.”

At Cuyamaca College, cars lined up to receive food in the event organized by Cuyamaca Cares. Coordinator Kaylin Rosal said the food came from the Feeding San Diego food bank, an employee food drive held before the college’s convocation and other donations to their food pantry.

A significant donation came from English as a Second Language Professor Peggie Daley, who contributed about 200 pounds of food. “It was truly our blessing to be a blessing to our students,” Daley said.

Rosal said the economic stresses brought on by the pandemic have made it even more important to help provide food to students.

“We want to take care of our students so they can keep coming to school,” she said.