Say Hello to the Food Collaborative
The Food Collaborative is the combined effort of various College support services, and faculty and administrators. We are dedicated to addressing our students’ basic needs and providing resources for overall success by actively working to educate, promote and advocate for the nourishment of all of our students.
The Food Collaborative was created in recognition of the importance that food plays in helping students better focus, learn and do well in class. We encourage confident choices, where eating healthy, on the run and on a budget is a part of everyday routine. Students are connected to opportunities such as food funds, vouchers and stamps, food pantries, snacks, free meals, volunteering opportunities and advocacy events. We’ve made it easy for students to get what they need, no matter where they are. Food sovereignty is our mission and goal.
Snack Rack Food Pantry
Students, don't go to class hungry!
The Snack Rack Food Pantry is stacked with perishable and non-perishable food items for our students. Students are encouraged to visit the food pantry to pick up a snack pack or two to help them get through the day, or pick up a meal bag to take home to their families.
The Food Pantry is located in the Winnet Student Life Building, Center for Student Leadership Development, Room S1-12.
You must make an appointment to pick up a snack pack or family meal at the food pantry. Food is available for pickup on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Grady's Community Garden Spring 2023 Events
The Snack Rack services have expanded to include giveaways from our own Grady’s Community Garden with the goal of providing nutritious options and knowledge about growing your own food. Grady's Community Garden is located on 17th Street on the side of the Bonnell Building.
Fall Grady's Community Garden Maintenance
Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about maintaining healthy garden beds while doing a little pruning, watering and cleaning to help maintain a thriving greenhouse!
Celebrate Earth Day by learning to take care of Grady's Garden, the College's urban garden, and have and fun while getting your hands dirty! Earth Day reminds us how important it is to invest in our planet. Join us for an experiential learning experience and learn how to:
- Plant seasonal flowers
- Harvest produce
- Water, weed and maintain the garden.
- Free lunch
- Free produce giveaway at 1:30 p.m. (while supplies last)
Questions? Contact Jenavia Weaver at .
Support Grady's Garden
You can help take care of Grady's Garden each summer, fall and spring. Sign up to help plant seeds, water, monitor the growth in the greenhouse and the raised planter beds, and more. To volunteer at Grady’s Community Garden, visit the Center for Student Leadership, Winnet Student Life Building, Room S1-12 or contact Jenavia Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Be a Snack Champion—Support the Snack Rack Food Pantry
Attention faculty and staff, we're calling on you to be a food champion for our students. We encourage all faculty and staff to please consider donating items from the following list.
Snacks: Dried fruits, raisins, nuts in small packages, fruit snacks, pop-tarts, fruit cups (apple sauce or puddings), crackers, (small packs of cheese or peanut butter), granola bars, pretzels, bags of assorted chips, cheese balls, popcorn, etc.
Microwaveable, ready to eat food: Individually packaged dinners, meat or vegetarian individual meal servings, macaroni and cheese mixes, soups, oatmeal packets, instant potatoes, etc.
Beverages: Juice boxes (individually wrapped), bottled water, canned beverages, juices, etc.
Hot drinks: Instant coffee, teabags, sugar, creamer, hot chocolate individual packets, etc.
Toiletries, including: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, shampoo (travel size and hotel shampoos are perfect)
Canned and jarred goods: Beans, vegetables, fruits, soups, spaghetti sauce, meats, tuna fish, salmon, Vienna sausages, apple sauce, cooking oil, Crisco shortening stick, condiments (ketchup, mustard, spices), peanut butter, jams, jellies, etc.
Dried goods: Rice, beans, peas, soup mixes, spaghetti, pasta, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, instant scalloped and mashed potatoes, flour, sugar, cake/muffin/pancake mixes, dried milk, boxed cereals, etc.
Baby goods, including: Baby formula and baby food, bottled and canned beverages
Paper goods, including: Plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, tissues, toilet tissues
Cleaning Products, including: Laundry detergent, dish soap, cleansers, reusable shopping bags
The Snack Rack Food Pantry is made possible through donations to the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation. If you’d be interested in becoming a donor, please give here. For donations to be directed to Snack Rack Food Pantry, add 'Snack Rack' in the comment box.
Here are some resources to help put you on the path to a nutritious diet.
- Interactive Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
Use the guidelines to help you make healthier diet choices. While it is intended for health professionals and policymakers, individuals can use the information to make informed choices about the food and drinks in their diet.
- Free food access in Philadephia
- Mix it up! 20 Ways To Enjoy More Fruits And Vegetables
- Download Fooducate, a free food and nutrition tracking app. Use Fooducate to stick to your health goals and see your activity progress. Get tips from its active online community and collect recipes that fit your lifestyle.
- Check out your app store for grocery comparison apps like Favado, Basket, Grocery King and Grocery Pal to find the best prices for the items on your list and coupons for additional savings.
- The quickest road to a healthy and affordable meal is just steps away at the neighborhood corner store. This video, Eat Healthy on a Budget, gives you the information you need to maximize your dollar!
Food Sovereignty and Food Collaborative Team
Jenavia Weaver, director, Student Engagement
Quamiir Trice, student support coach, Center for Male Engagement
Ida Swindle, Center for Student Leadership Development
Food Collaborative Partners
Tameka Jackson, director
Melissa Bartley, assistant director
Sharon Williams, Regional Center coordinator
Keith Watkins, Specialist, Catto Scholars
Wenonah Carney, Financial Literacy Success Coach