• The GCC Food Pantry is an official site of Franklin County Community Meals, Inc., located in N240 on GCC’s main campus. Given the inherent struggles of being a student while holding down a job and/or raising a family, all GCC students and staff who could use a little help making ends meet are invited to stop by the GCC Food Pantry to learn more about immediate and long term food resources in our community.  If you are interested in making a donation to the pantry or volunteering your time, please contact Julie Shaw-MacDougall at shaw@gcc.mass.edu.

    Eligibility

    Currently enrolled students and faculty/staff can use the Food Pantry once a month.

    Students or staff with one or more of the following documents are eligible to receive food:

    • GCC Financial Aid Award Letter
    • Mass Health or Medicaid Card
    • SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) or EBT transfer Card
    • Any governmental aid benefit statement (WIC, Fuel Assistance, SSDI, HeadStart, DTA Assistance)
    • Last year’s tax return
    • Declaration (via signature) of income eligibility

    Grant funding for this project has been provided through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the UCC Women’s Home Missionary Union.

  • We gladly accept donations to the Food Pantry!

    Donations of non-perishable items can be left in donation boxes around campus, or delivered to the Food Pantry in North 240. Donations of perishable or frozen items are accepted only at the Food Pantry during open hours on Mondays or Tuesdays.

    We stock the Food Pantry with the following from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts:

    • Canned veggies (mostly green beans)
    • Pasta
    • Tuna
    • Peanut butter
    • Grape jelly
    • Rice
    • Cereal
    • Small soups

    What we don’t get from the Food Bank includes:

    • Personal care items of any kind
    • Laundry detergent
    • Canned prepared foods (ravioli, etc.)
    • Dry beans
    • Animal crackers or other crackers
    • Baking mixes or supplies
    • Eggs
    • Ethnic foods
    • Low salt or low sugar foods
    • Pancake mix or Bisquick
    • Diapers
    • Beverages (coffee, tea, juice, cocoa, etc.)
    • Pet food

    What do we need?

    • Basic baking supplies
      • Sugar, flour, etc.
      • Cake mixes
      • Brownie mixes
      • Cookie mixes
    • Chunky and hearty soups
    • Jello/puddings
    • Broth of all kinds
    • Rice (white, brown, instant, long grain, short grain, etc.)
    • Pasta of all varieties
    • Dried beans and peas
    • Condensed “cream of” soups
    • Animal and graham crackers
    • Kids snacks
    • Adult snacks
    • Spagetti-Os, ravioli, etc.
    • Cereal
    • Oatmeal
    • Snack bars
    • Cookies and crackers
    • Beverages (coffee, tea, etc.)
    • Tuna
    • Canned meats
    • Chicken
    • Spam
    • Hash
    • Ham
    • Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and condiments
    • Pasta sauce
    • Oils
    • Juice
    • Jelly or jam
    • Basic spices (salt, pepper, etc.)
    • Macaroni and cheese
    • Ramen noodles
    • Canned beans (black, white, kidney, fava, navy, etc.)
    • Personal care items
      • Shampoo
      • Bath soap
      • Toothpaste
      • Toothbrushes
      • Deodorant
      • Sanitary napkins
      • Razors
    • Diapers
    • Toilet paper
    • Laundry detergent
    • Pet food
    • Eggs
    • Frozen veggies
    • Frozen pasta (tortellini, ravioli, etc.)
    • Frozen waffles/pancakes
    • Birthday cake candles

    We purchase food from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts at a rate of 20¢ per pound. Please also consider a monetary donation so we can buy more food!

    • $1 buys 5 pounds of food
    • $5 buys 25 pounds of food
    • $10 buys 50 pounds of food
    • $25 buys 125 pounds of food
    • $50 buys 250 pounds of food
    • $100 buys a whopping 500 pounds of food, enough to feed a family of four for nearly a month!
  • Did you know? Many of our campus activities for students include free light refreshments. Below is a list of upcoming events (when available) with free food for participants (and yes, you should expect to participate if you’re eating).