Permanent food pantries are now established at five CCAC locations.
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will celebrate the opening of the Allegheny Campus, North Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center food pantries with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Allegheny Campus on Monday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the Physical Education Building. The pantries are made possible through a partnership with East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). The celebration will coincide with a college-wide food drive to help support all of the CCAC pantries. Permanent food pantries are now established at all CCAC campuses and the Homewood-Brushton Center in an effort to combat the growing problem of food insecurity on college campuses.
Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony will be Dr. Quintin Bullock, president, CCAC; Michael Mingrone, president & CEO, East End Cooperative Ministry; Dr. Evon Walters, president, CCAC Allegheny Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center; Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, president, CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center; Dr. Vladimir St. Surin, assistant dean, CCAC Homewood-Brushton Center; and Shailja Patel, CCAC student and All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Silver Scholar.
Ongoing support from EECM, as well as campus food drives, keeps the pantries supplied with a variety of canned goods, soup, pasta and other nonperishable foods, as well as some household items. The Allegheny Campus pantry will also offer fresh produce in season from the campus garden. Any student in need of food assistance may utilize the pantries. There are no income guidelines to be eligible; however, students are asked to show their ID and to register for the service.
"We know that food insecurity is one of the challenges that threatens the health and well-being of students and their ability to be successful," said Dr. Evon Walters, president, CCAC Allegheny Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center. "This pantry and the other CCAC food pantries provide an essential avenue and resource in our ongoing efforts toward minimizing, if not eliminating, barriers that prevent students from thriving and succeeding in our learning environment."
The CCAC South Campus food pantry, which officially opened in early 2016 and is open four days a week, and the Boyce Campus food pantry, launched last fall, are affiliated with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Together, the five CCAC food pantries are serving hundreds of students in need each month.
The food drive will be held at all college campuses and centers-for details on where to bring donations, contact the office of the respective campus president.
For more information on pantry hours of operation, contact: Allegheny Campus - Jane Greenwood at 412.237.2792; Boyce Campus - Yvonne Burns at 724.325.6650; Homewood-Brushton Center - Chance Wideman at 412.371.1600; North Campus - Molly Christy at 412.369.3713; and South Campus - Darren Lesher at 412.469.6352.
This event is open to the media, including still/video cameras.
CCAC Allegheny Campus is located at 808 Ridge Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.