• Campus Cupboard Food Pantry


    The Campus Cupboard food pantry is a unique service at CCAC South that provides free groceries to eligible students and staff. It was created in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to address the growing nationwide concern of food insecurity among college students.

    In order to qualify, students must be registered for at least one class at CCAC and be either Pell-eligible or meet income guidelines (shown below). Staff must simply be employed at CCAC and meet the same income guidelines, which are based on 150% of the national poverty line.

    Cupboard Income 2017

    The Campus Cupboard is located on the third floor of G Building at South Campus in Room G-313. Previously, the pantry was open for monthly distributions. Now, due to some exciting changes and the help of many CCAC staff members and volunteers, it is open four days per week for two hours each day. The hours of operation are as follows:

    • Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

    When visiting, shoppers have the opportunity to pick up free groceries from a selection of nonperishable food items, as well as meat and produce (when available; typically the second Tuesday-Thursday of each month). Each household receives about three days' worth of food during each distribution.

    For more information about the Campus Cupboard, please contact:

    Darren Lesher
    Student Development Specialist
    South Campus, Room B-408
    (412) 469-6352

    Campus Cupboard FAQs

    How often can I shop at the Campus Cupboard?
    Shoppers may visit the Campus Cupboard up to once per month to select items. 

    What kind of items can I expect to find in the Campus Cupboard?
    The Campus Cupboard offers a variety of items from foods to home goods. Items often differ from month to month depending on the availability of certain items, but you can expect to choose from a large and diverse selection of goods including frozen meats. In warmer months, we also offer fresh vegetables as a result of the hard work of our volunteers in the CCAC South Community Garden. 

    Where does the Campus Cupboard get its items?
    CCAC has a strong partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For this reason, CCAC South gets monthly deliveries from the GPCFB to replenish inventory. In addition, donations from the CCAC community help to ensure that the Campus Cupboard is always well-stocked! 

    Is the Campus Cupboard open to community members?
    No. The Campus Cupboard is currently open to only CCAC students and staff whose incomes fall below the guidelines displayed above on this page. 

    How do I get to the Campus Cupboard?
    The Campus Cupboard is located in Room G-313 of South Campus, 1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122. More specifically, it is located on the 3rd floor of G-building. There are several ways in which you can access the G-3 level: 

    • G-3 entrance: enter directly on the G-3 level through the double doors near the greenhouse. Once through the doors, immediately turn left and find the large "Campus Cupboard" sign.
    • G-5 entrance: from the G parking lot, enter the doors on the G-5 level and immediately take the stairs or elevator down to level 3. At the end of the hallway on G-3, you will see the large "Campus Cupboard" sign
    • All other areas of campus: head for the 4th floor of any wing/building; all of the buildings connect on this level. Locate G-wing, which connects directly to both B- and L-wings. Follow the G hallway all the way down to either the stairs or elevator, then take them down to level 3. At the end of the hallway on G-3, you will see the large "Campus Cupboard" sign.

    What can I do if I need emergency food assistance?
    The Campus Cupboard does offer emergency food assistance, even for those who have already shopped in a given month. If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact Darren Lesher at dlesher@ccac.edu or (412) 469-6352. 

    I would like to donate to the Campus Cupboard. How and what can I donate?
    The Campus Cupboard happily accepts monetary and item donations! It is difficult to pinpoint at any one time which items are most needed, but you can always contact Darren Lesher at dlesher@ccac.edu or (412) 469-6352 to ask. Monetary donations should be given in the form of checks made out to "CCAC" with the memo "Campus Cupboard donation" and submitted to the CCAC South Office of Student Life located in Room A-406.