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Food Pantry & Resource Center

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The Quinsigamond Community College Food Pantry & Resource Center provides food for students in need as well as resources to help with other challenges. We are run by knowledgeable, compassionate student volunteers. Our volunteers work hard to help clients find the resources they need in other areas of their lives; learning, fuel assistance, housing and much more.

Using the Food Pantry - Getting Started

The purpose of the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center is to provide you with the items necessary for meals at home, and on campus. In addition to addressing food insecurity, we also can also help connect you with additional resources, such as food assistance, housing applications, and other services. Our goal is to help you find ways to become more secure in finding food, while eating more balanced and nutritious meals.​

  • First Visit/Application: In order for us to assist you in the most efficient manner possible, we ask that each new client fills out an application on their first visit. If you would like to save time, please download the application, print and fill out the application before arriving. Applications are also available in the Food Pantry.  
  • Points: Each item in the pantry has a point value. Clients are limited to 10 points per month.
  • Check In: You will be asked to check-in at the intake desk at each visit and we will check your remaining food balance.
  • Additional Help: We will also check-in with you to see if there are any other resources that we can help you find, or if you would allow us to send you to a faculty member who can better assist with your needs.
  • Confidentiality: All of your information will be kept confidential. We will take your information during the intake process and assign you a unique pantry ID number. Your personal information will only be used in the event that you lose your pantry ID number. We will never share your information without your permission.
  • Hours: Hours will change depending on volunteers, exam schedules, holidays and other factors. Please check for posted hours before your visit. Due to limited volunteer availability, we are only able to assist during posted hours.

Donations

If you would like to donate food items to the Pantry, our most-needed items are:

  • On the go snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, etc.
  • Cereal
  • Tuna Fish
  • Soups
  • Pancake/Baking Mixes

Food donations can be dropped off at any time in the drop-box located outside of the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry and Resource Center is located inside the revolving doors in the basement of the Administration Building.

If you are ever unsure of whether the food pantry and resource center can help you in any way or with one particular issue, just ask! We will work our hardest to ensure that your needs are met.​

Resources

We provide our students with the resources, guidance and information they need to stay happy and healthy. While we provide food to students in need, we also do our best to help guide you through other issues that may arise. Whether you need help applying for SNAP or MassHealth benefits, finding affordable child care, Section 8 vouchers or something else, talk to us. Our student volunteers are equipped with knowledge to help streamline these processes and point you in the right direction.

Workshops

Wednesday, April 24 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in room 175A, There will be a nutritional information session presented by the organization Cooking Matters. They will be educating participants when to choose fresh, frozen, and canned produce; how to identify whole grains and why they matter; using the unit price to find the best deals; and how to use the nutrition facts label to compare foods for their nutritional value. Participants are limited to the first 20 QCC students who sign up and will receive a $50 gift card to Price Chopper.