SCTCC is proud to announce the opening of its new food pantry, the Cyclones Cupboard.
The Grand Opening will take place on Wednesday, March 16, with an in-person open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a livestreamed program at noon.
The Campus Life and Wellness Resource Services departments have been working on preparing the Cyclones Cupboard space for the past year. In 2019, SCTCC students completed the Hope Center #RealCollege survey about food insecurity, and the results indicated that nearly half of SCTCC students were food insecure in the previous 30 days.
Shortly after the 2019 survey, SCTCC launched the Cyclones Snacks program, which provided grab-and-go items like granola bars and fruit snacks at various locations across campus.
“Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial fallout from that for our students, we suspect that food insecurity is even more of a pressing concern for our students. The Cyclones Cupboard efforts are vital to our campus community,” said Shaun Keeley, Director of Campus Life. By using Covid-19 relief funds, SCTCC started to transition to a more permanent food pantry designed to provide more nutritious meal options for food-insecure students.
While the physical space was being prepared during the fall 2021 semester, the Cyclones Cupboard team distributed more than 100 pounds of food through referrals and outreach, and 107 students were referred for SNAP assistance. At the end of the semester, the team worked to fully stock the new space.
In the interim, SCTCC students have been able to request meals for pickup rather than visiting the Cyclones Cupboard in person. Over the past two months, 88 total orders have been requested for a total of 126 bags of food and hygiene products that have been distributed. This amounts to more than 1200 pounds of food. The goal for the Cyclones Cupboard is to have regular hours when students can stop by and pick up food. The program will be available to all SCTCC students.
“The Grand Opening of the Cyclones Cupboard is the culmination of hard work from the SCTCC Campus Life and Wellness Resources departments to make sure our students’ basic needs are supported,” said Andrew Pflipsen, Vice President of Student Affairs. “All SCTCC students are able to take advantage of the supports that are in place at the College to help them be successful while they’re working toward their goals.”
The community is invited to watch the March 16 livestreamed program to learn more about the new Cyclones Cupboard and how addressing food insecurity creates a more equitable learning environment. More information on the livestream can be found at sctcc.edu/cyclones-cupboard.