Avanza Resource Page

Check out DACC’s Avanza, a central location that provides wrap-around services to address important personal needs (food insecurity, technology access, rent, transportation) so that you can function at the highest level and give your full attention to learning and development

Comfort Casita and Micro Casita's

 The Comfort Casita is DACC’s free in-house food pantry providing food assistance to DACC students, faculty, and staff. The pantry functions much like a grocery store and is of shopping-style. Clients can select from a variety of shelf-stable/non-perishable items, as well as a few frozen foods.Clients must bring their current NMSU ID, as well as a reuseable grocery bag/backpack for their food items.  The pantry can be used twice a week for all students, and twice a month for faculty/staff. Students must be enrolled in at least one DACC course or a DACC adult education course. Faculty/Staff must be currently employed DACC faculty or staff. 

 Main Location: Espina Campus DASH 109B

Current Hours:
Monday 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00pm - 3:00pm

If you’re unable to come to the walk-in pantry or find yourself needing extra food support, Micro Casita’s provide bags of food with about a week’s worth of nourishing food. Bags include shelf-stable and non-perishable items - for free! Currently, 5 DACC campuses provide bags – East Mesa, Espina, Sunland Park, Chaparral Center, and Gadsden Center. To receive a bag, contact a location nearest to you to schedule a pick-up time.  

Call or Email to schedule a time 


DACC Mobile Food Pantry

On the fourth Thursday of each month, DACC serves as a distribution center in partnership with Casa De Peregrinos providing food baskets with both perishable and non-perishable goods. All students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome. There is no sign-up required.  

Locations & Times

Espina Campus – Outside Library Parking Lot – 9:30am-10:30am 
East Mesa Campus – Outside Student Resource Building Parking Lot – 1:30pm-2:30pm 

Technology Access through the Basic Needs Grant

The DACC Basic Needs Grant assists students with their basic and most important needs (food insecurity, technology access, rent, transportation) in hopes of addressing personal barriers and providing proper resources that allow for increased student retention and enrollment. 

The Laptop Opportunity Program provides laptops that are free of cost to enrolled DACC students who demonstrate a need for computer access. Students are required to write two short essays to demonstrate need, and must meet criteria for eligibility. Applications will be reviewed by AVANZA staff and selection of applicants will be determined. 

Laptop Opportunity Application & Criteria

The Technology Loaner Program provides loaner technology on a per semester basis, and is available on a first come first serve basis. Qualifications for eligibility determine if a student is able to borrow for the current semester they submit an application. Loaner technology available includes Wi-Fi Hotspots and Laptops.  

Technology Loaner Application & Criteria 

If you are unsure if you qualify for these programs of have questions please email AVANZA for direct support