Food, hygiene products and school supplies help students focus on education

MESA, Arizona -- September 9, 2020 -- Mesa Community College students are receiving food boxes, personal hygiene items and bags of school supplies through a drive-thru version of the college’s food pantry, the Mesa Market. MCC students may schedule curbside pickups twice a week at both the Southern and Dobson and Red Mountain Campuses.

The fall 2020 Mesa Market is possible because of the generosity of community partners. United Food Bank continues to support students and the surrounding community through the provision of food items. TruWest Credit Union provided funds to purchase 40 grocery store gift cards and College Bound conducted community food drives witFood distributionh its students to support the market’s efforts. The Associated Students of MCC, the college’s student government, collected and assembled hygiene items and school supplies..

“It's been very heartwarming to see the number of staff, faculty, students, and even community members that have reached out wanting to help,” said Beth Ann Wright, program coordinator for MCC Student Life & Leadership. “We love our MCC family!”

In order to continue meeting essential needs during these difficult times, donations will be accepted at a food drive event on Saturday, September 12th from 8 - 11 a.m. at both MCC campuses. The drive allows faculty, staff, and community members to safely drop off nonperishable items while safely remaining in their vehicles.

The most needed items are non-perishable food such as cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and beans. Hygiene items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and soap are also needed.

Monetary contributions to purchase grocery gift cards are also welcomed. To donate, visit, select “Other” from the Designation drop-down menu, and enter fund name “4373-1AllHunger.”

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Media Contact: Dawn Zimmer,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020