Feeding those in need within the QCC community is the mission of Quinsigamond Community College’s food pantry. An April 2018 study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that 49 percent of QCC students had low to very low food security, prompting us to establish a food pantry to help combat hunger on our campuses. What started out as a small operation in the summer, has ramped up quite a bit. Today the food pantry is consistently feeding well over 150 students and the need to keep the pantry up and running is greater than ever.
Already the food pantry has become a staple at the college; however, the ability to keep it running effectively requires funding and staffing. To that end, the college is holding a fundraising crowdsourcing event which started on November 13 and ends tomorrow, Giving Tuesday (November 27). We are hoping to reach our goal of $10,000 by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 27 to help sustain the food pantry in the months to come.
“We found there is a real need for this food pantry and we want to ensure that we can fill this need now and in the future,” said QCC President Luis Pedraja. “We never want to turn away anyone in our QCC family who is hungry because we don’t have enough food. We ask you to visit GiveCampus.com and help us reach our goal of $10,000, to help in our battle against food insecurity."
Due to overwhelming demand, the food pantry has already outgrown its original location (Room 351A in the Administration Building on the college’s main campus at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester). Starting today (November 26) it is reopening in Room B63 of the Administration Building. The new location will not only be home to the food pantry, but will also include additional resources for our hard-working students.
While we are looking for monetary donations, donations of non-perishable food items are also always welcomed and accepted. Donations may be dropped off in the donation box outside of the food pantry (Room B63, Admin Building).
Items in high demand include:
- Cans of tuna
- Cans of chicken
- Spaghetti sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Macaroni and cheese
- Cans of ravioli/ spaghettios
- Boxes of cereal
- Instant oatmeal (individual packets)
Watch our video to learn more or make a gift today.