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Creating Community College Campus Cupboards

To foresee (4C) a future where the neediest populations have access to healthy food is a future that CCAC has begun to build and would like to expand to its three other campus locations: Allegheny Campus, Boyce Campus and North Campus. This year, the CCAC South Campus, located in West Mifflin, received funding from the Jefferson Foundation, to build a Food Pantry- a Campus Cupboard, where food insecure students and their families were provided with healthy food options.  The project not only fed the needy but it spurred the growth of on-site vegetable growing, collaboration with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) and enhanced student awareness of the need to care for the needs of others.  With four campuses and four centers across Allegheny County, CCAC is the nation’s 16th largest multi-campus community college.  With an annual enrollment of just under 50,000 credit and non-credit students, CCAC is the largest provider of educational services in western PA with more students per year than the universities of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris and Duquesne University combined.  CCAC’s academic programs lead to an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree, and/or to a certificate or diploma.  CCAC trains students for employment, transfer to four-year institutions or both.  The college also offers non-credit continuing education programs to enrich individuals’ personal and professional lives. Food security enhances the retention of these students in the quest to graduate and seek family –sustaining incomes for themselves and their families. The origin of this project stemmed from a seemingly small incident on CCAC’s South Campus that indicated a larger concern.  A young woman stole a sandwich from a fundraiser.  Her intent was not to be dishonest.  She stole the sandwich because she was hungry.  This small incident prompted CCAC South to investigate the role that hunger plays within its community and the surrounding ones.  The information gathered indicated a hunger issue and it is an issue that we would like to be able to address at all of our Campus locations. 


Nov 15 2016

Organization Organization Type



Healthy Food

Product Name

Community College Campus Cupboards (C4)

Product Stage


  • Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
  • Dr. Jane Greenwood
  • Dr. Tomi Waters

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