At SRJC, through the equity office, we strive to help students, staff, and faculty be successful through a variety of services including Food, Transportation, Housing, and Health. We offer The Food Pantry on our campus that provides shelf-stable food and fresh produce to people in need. Public transportation is free with a student I.D. card for Sonoma County, City of Santa Rosa, and Petaluma Transit buses. A recent report verified in Sonoma County, 19% of community college students throughout California experienced homelessness in the past year. SRJC offers services like shower access and kits, hygiene supplies, how to find beds and housing, emergency food, warm and wet gear, and more to help combat such a prevalent issue among students. Lastly, the most important thing is to be healthy. At student health services, and outside services in the community any physical and mental health resources you need are available whenever you need them. Whatever services you may need, SRJC is here to help and give you what you need.
A new equity project launched in spring 2019 to address food insecurity is the Sustainable Agriculture Program + SRJC Food Pantry Garden. During Earth Week, SRJC's Sustainable Agriculture Program, led by coordinator, Josh Beniston, built and installed three new ADA-friendly raised garden beds in the landscaped area adjacent to the Bailey Field food pantry kiosk. Students from the SusAg program, along with CalFresh student employees will maintain the gardens and harvest food as it is harvested over the summer, and make it available to the SRJC community.