Encinitas-based Leichtag Foundation will match up to $10,000 raised in crowdfunding campaign to help feed students at risk of food insecurity. Palomar’s new Anita and Stan Maag Food & Nutrition Center will open later this year.

Pictured above: The Palomar College Student Services team at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Anitaand Stan Maag Food & Nutrition Center in March.

SAN MARCOS, CA ― As part of a campaign to address student food insecurity, the Palomar College Foundation is partnering with the Leichtag Foundation to raise money to assist Palomar’s food pantry. Every dollar donated will provide four meals to students at Palomar.

By gathering donations from the community, Palomar will be able to help students  lower their risk of food insecurity by providing food & gift cards. Supporting students who need access to more healthy food has direct benefits in the classroom, helping them focus on succeeding in school.

The Leichtag Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Encinitas, will match up to $10,000 in funds raised. So far the campaign has raised $2,900 and all funds raised will go directly to the Palomar College Food Pantry.

Donate to the Food Pantry here.

(Make sure to choose “Food Pantry” under Donation Category.)

In addition to partnering with local food banks and CalFresh, Palomar has initiated a number of programs to provide students with free food, such as the food pantry and weekly #PalomarEatsNow event on Thursdays.

  • The food pantry offers free food to eligible students
  • Students receive 10-15 pounds of food during a pantry visit
  • Food pantry support is available for students to feed themselves and their immediate family members

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Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2152

Tom Pfingsten, Public Affairs, tpfingsten@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2960