Want Free Food? Let’s Talk About the Panther Pantry!

By Joe Culhane|October 10, 2018Announcements, Centers, Top Stories|4 comments

Class is about to start or your needing to finish some homework but alas, it’s hard to focus on school when your brain and being need food. The good news is, there’s a Panther Pantry at all four major campuses of PCC!

Through your Student Activity Fees, these Panther Pantries have become a great resource for all of us who could benefit from some free food from time to time. Over the last few years there has been a great effort to make the Panther Pantry a more accessible and visible resource on our campuses and this has paid off. Now, Monday through Thursday (and sometimes on Friday’s) up to 3 days worth of food per week is available at any PCC campus. This is perishable and non-perishable food to bring home and occasionally even some grab-n-go items that are just the boost you need before a class. Food insecurity can be a challenging thing to face. It has been revealed that over half of college students across the nation are experiencing some degree of food insecurity.

This past year, the 
ASPCC Cascade Campus Panther Pantry served 1,009 households, 422 families and 584 individuals. In total, 1,917 people were served. ASPCC received 32,740 pounds of food from the Oregon Food Bank.  




“Student taking advantage of the free food at the Cascade Campus Panther Pantry”
Joe Culhane for The Bridge

This systemic issue of inequity that our nation faces is not being solved by the Panther Pantries, nevertheless, these important services provides us with the nourishment we need to face the many challenges of going to college. It’s important to remember that the Student Activity Fees (SAF) make resources like this available to you.
Another noteworthy program recently approved through the District Student Council, is the Emergency Grant. $80,000 each year is set aside from the SAF to provide students with a $500 per term, up to $1,500 grant that can help make ends meet when unforeseen and difficult situations arise. This is a grant, so it doesn’t have to be repaid. There are also emergency bus passes, childcare grants, $15 per term bike rentals and so much more that are all coming from your Student Activity Fees.


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  1. Great article. The stats you shared are from Cascade only so the numbers are quite a bit higher. Thanks for your work and for sharing the info.

    1. Joe Culhane

      Yes, thank you for pointing out that oversight in the article! We’ll make sure to revise that to make sure it is noted that this is just the Cascade stats. Thank you for your work in helping make our students (and some part time staff and faculty) more access to free food!

  2. Thanks Joe, for the information about Panther Pantry! Did you know ASPCC and Phi Theta Kappa are helping launch the Panther Plates program this year on October 30 at the Southeast campus “Boo Bash” event? PTK is hosting a free dinner that night and Panther Plates will be giving away free “recipe bags” to students. The recipe bags will include non-perishable ingredients to make a meal for 2-4 people, a recipe card and Panther Plates informational brochure. Student CBL’s may be available for helping put recipe bags together. Targeted food donations may factor into the equation. We’re just beginning this discussion–more details to come! For Panther Plates questions, you may contact me, Jill Tuleya, at jill.tuleya15@pcc.edu. For other “Boo Bash” questions, contact ASPCC or PTK at Southeast campus.

    1. Joe Culhane

      Thank you for the great information and additional resources, Jill! I was aware of the great work the ASPCC and Phi Theta Kappa are up to at SE, that’s awesome. In fact, I helped do a similar program last year at the Cascade Campus! We’ll make sure to give a shout out about “Boo Bash” via our social media outlets. And I’ll be sure to be in contact to learn more and share any details I can from our events last year!

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