South Seattle College Food Pantry Feeds 400 Students in Need
Beginning in April of this year, South Seattle College’s on-campus food pantry provides essential food and toiletry items to students in need. During Spring Quarter 2017, the pantry served approximately 400 students and distributed 2,000 food products and toiletries. Donations are now needed more than ever to keep students full, and on a path to academic success.
The South’s Food Pantry is available to all currently enrolled students. Students are welcome to select from nonperishable food items and/or toiletries once per week. Available items include breakfast cereals, canned products, ramen, rice, pasta, shelf stable milk, juices, toothbrushes and soap.
The food pantry promotes the academic success of students living at or near the poverty line and dealing with housing and food insecurity by providing a reliable source of food on-campus. Many students may not have access to community foodbanks during class times or face shortages from supplemental food programs. Similar food pantries have been implemented at the University of Washington and Pierce College.
“The food pantry is helping those who have a hard time balancing school and full-time work,” says Miranda Sullivan, an Associate of Arts transfer student who helped set up the pantry.
The pantry is funded partially by Student Service and Activity Fees along with community sponsors, and is supported by the United Student Association. It will also serve as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s community service project.
“My hope is that the food pantry will grow after I graduate,” says Emina Cheung, Associate of Science transfer student. “At this time we are in need of more donations and community sponsors.”
Hours: Monday 1:00 - 3:00 PM & Thursdays 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Location: Across from the South Seattle College Art Gallery (JMB 109)
Community members and organizations interested in donating to the South Seattle College Food Pantry, please contact Monica Lundberg, program manager, Student Life, at Monica.Lundberg@seattlecolleges.edu or call 206-934-6750.