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Menlo College Basic Needs Statement & Information


Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live and believes this may impact their health and performance is urged to contact Dr. La’Tonya Rease Miles, Dean of Student Affairs and Chair of the Basic Needs Task Force at studentaffairs@menlo.edu.

Food Pantry

We are pleased to announce that Menlo College has received a $8,000+ grant award from the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.  The funds will be used to establish a food pantry on campus and to increase awareness about food insecurity.

Cal Fresh eligibility

Need help buying groceries? CalFresh is an income-based benefit program to support those who want to add to their budget and have access to healthy and nutritious food. If a student/youth is earning under the gross monthly income limit, then they may qualify for CalFresh. Students must be meet eligibility and residency requirements.

Flex Dollars

Flex dollars are used in our convenience store located on our college campus inside the dining hall to provide snacks, beverages and other essentials for the students. Sodexo partners with Menlo College to ensure the offerings meet the needs of the students and vary from the offerings in the campus bookstore. Additionally, Sodexo management will work with any students with special dietary needs to procure items that meet those needs such as gluten free, vegan and sugar free options. The General Manager of Sodexo surveys students to understand what selections they would prefer in the c-store to guarantee students are seeing the value in their flex dollars. Students have $120 per semester to utilize in the c-store.

Menlo College Bowman Library resources

Bowman Library textbook reserves program offers students the opportunity to check out required textbooks for short term use. Please click the following links for more information:

Need additional information?

Please notify any member of the Basic Needs Task Force about your concerns if you are comfortable doing so. This will enable them to provide any resources they may possess.

Stay up to date with the Task Force.  You can review our tasks and recommendations here. Check back regularly.

Basic Needs Task Force members (Fall 2021):


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