MWCC Food for Thought Food Pantry

Food for Thought Campus Pantries

Thanks to the efforts of our campus and surrounding communities, the MWCC Food for Thought Campus Pantry has two locations! Please see our locations below:

Campus Pantry – Gardner Campus Campus Pantry – Leominster Campus
444 Greet Street, Gardner, MA
Room 192
Phone: 978-630-9255
Hours: *By appointment only
110 Erdman Way, Leominster MA
Room 100
Phone: 978-630-9389
Hours: *By appointment only

Our Campus Pantries provide items such as snacks, prepackaged meals, and other items to students in need. Each pantries’ schedule is subject to change based on the academic calendar, availability of volunteers, as well as the status of the pandemic. Please contact our food pantries at foodpantry@mwcc.mass.edu to schedule an appointment or learn more.

Follow the instructions below for filling out this form*:

  1. Click this link Food for Thought Form to download the form.
  2. Fill out the form by clicking on the blue boxes above each line and type in your response.
  3. Once completed, right-click on the page and click “Save As” to save to your computer.
  4. Send the completed form via email to foodpantry@mwcc.mass.edu.

*Need assistance on how to fill out this form? Contact us! We are here to help.

How Does the Food Pantry 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.

Students must have regular check-ins with a SOS (Students Serving Our Students) mentor to continue to receive services through the pantries. To learn more about SOS, check that resource out here.

Why Have a Campus Food Pantry?

2020 Update On College Student Food Insecurity:

This report examines the pandemic’s impact on the #RealCollege students who were able to continue their education in this challenging environment. They analyzed results from the 2020 #RealCollege Survey, completed by more than 195,000 students attending 202 colleges and universities in 42 states.”

Nearly 3 in 5 students experience basic needs insecurity (food, housing, etc.) (The Hope Center).

2017 Update On College Student Food Insecurity:

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.

2 in 3 community college students are food insecure (Goldrick-Rab et al).

Donations

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

Items We Need

  • microwavable meals (non-perishable)
  • nonperishable snacks
  • rice (5lb bags or less are best)
  • rice blends boxes (pilaf, etc.)
  • spaghetti sauce
  • crackers (saltines, etc.)
  • cereal, oatmeal & instant oatmeal packets
  • canned meat & canned seafood
  • apple sauce & canned fruit
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • shelf-stable milk
  • personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)

*A donation bin for the items listed above is located in front of the pantry (Room 192 – Gardner campus). Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated in Room 152 – Gardner campus.

Food For Thought Shoping List 2021