Thrive Center opens food pantry in The Village

The Thrive Center soft opened with a food pantry on Sept. 8. Photo by Tanya Moore / el Don

Students can get free groceries at the Thrive Center’s new food pantry, which launched its soft-opening hours this week. 

Registered students can get up to one grocery bag of donated goods per week as well as grab-and-go snacks once a day during. Appointments are recommended but not required.

The pantry will be open for morning and afternoon shopping on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday from 10 a.m.-noon. Hours are subject to change. 

The food pantry on campus offers students a variety of donated dry goods. Photo by Tanya Moore / el Don

Once inside VL 206, you need to show your student ID card and sign in on a computer. Staff will give you gloves and a plastic bag to fill up with your choice from a variety of products. 

On Thursday afternoon, shelves were stocked with cans of bamboo shoots, pork ‘n’ beans and tuna fish. A rack was full of dry goods like rice, beans, oatmeal, granola bars and cereal. Fresh fruit and vegetables were available and a refrigerator was full of eggs and whole milk. 

Food insecurity is a significant issue at SAC, according to a survey conducted by the Associated Student Government in 2019. More than half of all students reported having to choose between buying food and purchasing other resources. About 65% said they experienced an inadequate food supply more than once a semester. 13% went without eating more than five times per term. 

Photo by Tanya Moore / el Don

The food pantry is the first service to be offered by the Thrive Center, a new basic needs center that was founded to provide access to food, clothing, career workshops and housing assistance. 

Hours (as of Sept. 9):

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 

  • 10 a.m.-noon
  • 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
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  • 10 a.m.-noon

Room: VL 209

Make an appointment using this form:

Phone:  (714) 564-6248

Follow @thrivecenter on Instagram for updates.

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