Food for Textbook Program

By Edit Boghozian, Mission College

Mission College Library’s Food for Textbook Program earned a 2017 Bronze award from Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Clara, CA. The program that started in Fall 2017, enables students to check out a textbook or calculator for the entire semester with the donation of 10 cans of food for Second Harvest Food Bank. The total check out of 128 textbooks for the first semester of the program allowed the Library to donate 2,247 pounds of food to the charity.

So far this semester, 186 textbooks from the 380 total textbooks in the program have been checked out, an increase of 58% percent from last semester. The number of check outs and the amount of donated food is expected to increase as the program becomes better known on campus. For additional information about the program, go to