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Donations Help to Bolster the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center

January, 2020
  • PTK student Luceily Ortiz is a student volunteer at the College's Food Pantry and Resource Center.
    PTK student Luceily Ortiz is a student volunteer at the College's Food Pantry and Resource Center.

As new and current students converge on Quinsigamond Community College’s campus, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student volunteers will be manning the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center to help any students experiencing food insecurity. A recent food donation made to the food pantry and resource center by Albert and Magdalena Maykel, owners of Living Earth Natural Market & Café, has enabled the pantry to be well-stocked for the start of the new semester. The food was even delivered to the food pantry by Mr. Maykel himself.

This semester there is a new addition to the food pantry -  a “Recipe of the Month,” which gives students the opportunity to pick up the majority of the ingredients in the featured recipe. This month’s recipe is “Mediterranean Cracked Wheat Salad.” While there is a limit of 15 items per month, anyone who chooses the “Recipe of the Month” will only be charged for two food items. 

Students wishing to use QCC’s Food Pantry and Resource Center must be current QCC students with a valid ID. Students who are new to the food pantry and resource center will be asked to fill out a confidential application on their first visit. During the intake process, students will be assigned a unique pantry ID number that they should bring with them each time they come to the food pantry and resource center.

The Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in on QCC’s main campus (670 West Boylston St., Worcester) in the Administration Building, room B63A.

 Currently the hours of operation are:

  • Monday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on weekends.

Hours of operation will be subject change depending on volunteers, exam schedules, holidays and other factors. Due to limited volunteer availability, volunteers are only able to assist during posted hours.

One upcoming event will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in room 367A (Administration building on QCC’s main campus). Cooking Matters Massachusetts will offer nutritional education to the first 20 students who sign up.  Developed to teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets how to make healthy food choices, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, has visited the college’s food pantry and resource center on a few occasions. Students who wish to attend the session will receive a gift card from Market32. Space is limited. Interested students must RSVP to foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu  

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