PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce
Campus has opened a food pantry to serve students in need. The
Boyce Campus Food Cupboard is affiliated with the Greater
Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) and is the second permanent
food pantry to be established at CCAC, following the opening of the
South Campus Cupboard Food Pantry in early 2016. The Boyce Campus
pantry is open once a month to any student who is in need of food
assistance; students who are in immediate need may also receive a
supply of emergency food when the pantry is not open.
The campus held temporary "pop-up" food pantries over the spring
and early summer that were well received. Approximately 50 students
were served when the permanent food pantry opened in August, with a
similar number returning in September and October. Many of the
students reported that they were also feeding family members with
food from the pantry, according to Dr. Tomi Waters, associate dean
of Academic Affairs. The pantry is well stocked with nonperishable
canned and boxed foods and also offers produce and frozen meat at
times, depending on deliveries from the GPCFB. Some of the food is
also transported to CCAC's Braddock Hills Center.
"We're hoping to have produce every month; we're encouraging
healthy foods," said Waters. "There is a growing need in
the community, and some of our economically vulnerable students
often lack the resources to acquire enough nutritious
Waters wrote and submitted a grant to the Standard Charitable
Foundation, which provided $4,000 for the pantry. The college also
received a $500 check from the Churchill-Wilkins Rotary and a
supply of canned goods from the Monroeville Rotary. Boyce Student
Life purchased a freezer to store meat and other frozen foods, and
student volunteers help to stock the shelves.
The Boyce Campus Food Cupboard is open the second Thursday of
each month from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in a private space behind the
Registration office on the fifth floor. The space is close to a
door so students can exit the building directly after shopping.
Students may select the items they want and fill a box or bag with
no strict limits on the amount, within reason. There are no income
guidelines to be eligible; however, students are asked to register
for the service. Yvonne Burns, dean of Student Development,
oversees the staff and the daily operation of the pantry. The staff
is hoping to expand to twice a month as the need grows.
For more information, contact Yvonne Burns at email@example.com or Tomi
Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: CCAC student Lucretia Finch shops at the CCAC Boyce
Campus Food Cupboard.