Basic Needs Support
CCAC campus cupboards are made possible through partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Ongoing support from the food bank and campus food drives keeps the cupboards supplied with a variety of canned goods, soup, pasta, snacks, cereals and other nonperishable foods, as well as some household items. Several of the cupboards will also offer fresh produce in season from the campus gardens.
Any student in need of food assistance may utilize the cupboards for free to assist them and their households. No income documentation is required; however, students are asked to complete a brief form provided on-site to use the cupboards.
The CCAC Campus Closets, currently located at South and Boyce Campuses, provide students with business and formal attire at no charge. This clothing is appropriate for a variety of uses such as special events, job interviews, job fairs, and more! This is not a lending system; any items students select are theirs to keep.
″I think it is important for institutions to try to eliminate all barriers so that students can be successful and focus on their education.″
Campus Closet Items
Among the inventories, students will find a variety of clothing including:
- Button-up shirts
- Polo shirts
- And much more!
The Community Garden at South Campus was started in 2015 by the Campus Enhancement Committee. It is a wellness initiative offering a free source of fresh vegetables for consumption by students, faculty and staff. Additionally, it is an initiative designed to educate all who participate. The first year of the garden, fresh produce was picked and distributed about 15 times. In 2016 we expanded. More staff, students, campus neighbors, and partners like Achieva helped to maintain the garden. It produced bountiful and delicious herbs and vegetables that were shared around campus and donated to the South Campus Cupboard food pantry.
The garden has increased the sense of community, has fostered school spirit, and has supplied an abundance of fresh vegetables. We will continue to expand our focus and diverse involvement with fun and educational opportunities for all through the upcoming growing seasons.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's easy! Simply visit the your nearest location during the open hours listed and ask a volunteer to assist you with the sign-up process; it takes about 10 minutes and then you're free to shop!
Yes! Feedback about the service has been positive. Students using the Cupboard report academic and personal improvements, including better grades and more money freed up to cover other living expenses.
The Campus Cupboard does offer emergency food assistance, even for those who have already shopped in a given month. If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact your location coordinator.
The Campus Cupboard offers a variety of items from foods to home goods on occasion. Items often differ from month to month depending on the availability of certain items, but you can expect to choose from a diverse selection of goods.
All CCAC Campus Cupboards are supported by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as well as donations from the CCAC community.
The Campus Cupboard happily accepts monetary and item donations! It is difficult to pinpoint at any one time which items are most needed, but you can always contact your location coordinator. There are also regular food drives at many campuses to support these Campus Cupboards. If you are interested in making an item or monetary donation outside of these drives, please reach out to your location coordinator.
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