MWCC Food for Thought Food Pantry

Graduation Without Hunger

Services

The Campus Pantry is giving out snacks, prepackaged meals, and other food items to students in need. Students who are unable to visit the pantry during open hours can contact the Student’s SOS office (room 152) or email us at foodpantry@mwcc.mass.edu to schedule an appointment.

The pantry schedule is subject to change based on the academic calendar and availability of volunteers.

How Does it Work?

Students are allowed to self-refer, or may be referred by campus departments. The food pantry is available to any student enrolled in at least one credit course at Mount Wachusett Community College and no proof of income is required.

Students in need are welcome to visit the pantry and receive a total of 20 items per month. Students are encouraged to bring their own grocery bag or to reuse the pantry bag they are given upon their first visit to the pantry.

Why?

The Wisconsin Hope Lab released data from their 2017 study on food insecurity and homelessness which includes over 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. The results from the study indicate that two out of three community college students are food insecure (Goldrick-Rab et al).

The Students SOS Office was established at Mount Wachusett Community College to help students struggling with issues like homelessness, food insecurity, daycare costs, etc. Over 90 percent of students who were seeking services or referrals from the Students SOS Office during the 2015/16 academic year reported to be food insecure.

Partners

The food pantry will operate exclusively through donations, both in-kind and monetary, as well as fundraising efforts to sustain it.

The Students SOS office is partnering with the Gardner Community Action Committee, which will provide food items for students living in the following towns: Gardner, Templeton, Westminster, Ashburnham, and Hubbardston.

The Food For Thought Campus Pantry is also working with Students SOS mentors to ensure long-term food security for pantry users.

Things We Need

  • microwavable meals (non-perishable)
  • rice (5lb bags or less are best)
  • & rice blends boxes (pilaf, etc.)
  • pasta (any kind)
  • spaghetti sauce
  • crackers (saltines, etc.)
  • cereal, oatmeal & instant oatmeal packets
  • canned meat & canned seafood
  • apple sauce & canned fruit
  • peanut butter & jelly canned vegetables
  • (peas, corn, green beans, etc.)
  • baked beans
  • personal hygiene items
  • (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • baby food & formula

A donation bin for the items listed above is located in front of the pantry (room 192). Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated.