- The SPSCC Food Pantry offers free, fresh and non-perishable food items, hygiene kits, and children’s books to SPSCC students in need.
- A variety of Emergency Grants, like grocery cards, are available year-round to help meet SPSCC students’ immediate needs.
- If you are experiencing hardships due to COVID-19 please contact your Ed Planner or Financial Aid Advisor through Compass, there may be assistance available.
- Families with school-aged children: Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits. These are called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program, or P-EBT.
- The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, monthly checks for healthy food, and health screening referrals.
- Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits. These are called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program, or P-EBT.
- Nursing mothers can find a private Lactation Room at the Olympia Campus in Bldg. 22, 2nd Floor, just to the right of the One Stop.
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Basic Food / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food.
The SPSCC Food Pantry offers free, fresh, and non-perishable food items, hygiene kits, and children's books to SPSCC students in need.
The Food Pantry is open with a walk-up model.
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Student Union Building, First Floor (Bldg. 27).
How: Park in parking lot J, walk in, check in, and pick what you'd like to take home.
Other Thurston County Food Bank locations are also available on other days and times.
Food Pantry FAQs
Students, faculty, staff, and any members of our community; no one will be turned away who is in need of food.
Different types of visits can be made to the food pantry:
- Full Visits: Full visits include non-perishable goods, frozen meat, eggs, breads and pastries, and fresh produce. Each visitor is allowed 15 full visits a year (July–July) from any Thurston County Food Bank Satellite.
- Partial Visits: Partial visits include produce, protein, dairy, bread, and pastries. Partial visits are limited to 10 visits (in addition to the 15 full visits).
- Supplemental Visits: Supplemental visits include only bread, pastry, and produce. Visitors are free to take as much of these items as they can use. Supplemental visits are limited to once per week.
Yes, the Food Pantry offers hygiene packs, children’s books, toiletries, and warm clothing items.
At check-in, we do require a name be submitted on the form for data purposes only. If a person prefers more anonymity, an alternate name can be used. However, that name must be used consistently at each visit; we need a name so we can make sure that we are equally giving everyone an opportunity to use the food pantry. If you are an SPSCC student, we would also want to see your Student ID, to see how many students we are serving.
The food pantry is a partnership between SPSCC Student Leadership, the SPSCC Foundation, and Thurston County Food Bank. Hygiene kits will be provided in partnership with the YWCA Other Bank, and free children's books are provided in partnership with the South Sound Reading Foundation.
SPSCC is currently a distribution site, and donations can be made at the Thurston County Food Bank or on campus in the Thurston County Food Bank blue bins available in Buildings 34 and 35. There are other drop-off locations in the Thurston County area.
Donations can be made online via the SPSCC Foundation. The Foundation can direct actual donations to the program account.