Pioneer Pantry

BC3's Pioneer Pantry addresses food insecurity. 

Food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is having reduced quality, variety or desirability of diet. According to a 2018 survey, roughly 40% of BC3 students struggle with food insecurity.


How to Utilize the Pantry

The Pioneer Pantry is available to members of the BC3 Campus Community, including credit and non-credit students, and BC3 employees in partnership with the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR) and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Shoppers are eligible to visit once per month, but emergency food bags are available. In addition, holiday and special distributions are planned throughout the year. The Pioneer Pantry is located in the Arts & Hospitality Building, Room 100 on the following distribution dates:

Fall 2023 Dates
August 23 - December 14

Separately, a Grab & Go Food Station is available in the lower level of the  Student Success Center - KEYS Office at any time, in addition to BC3 regional locations

Additional resources for students or student organizations can be found here.


"The Produce Cart"

The Produce Cart food truck with produce displayed on tables in the Art and Hospitality loop with oak trees in the background. The Pioneer Pantry has teamed up with Community Partnership Inc. to bring “The Produce Cart”, a mobile farmers market, to BC3 Main Campus this summer. Open to our campus community as well as the public, the Produce Cart offers fresh produce, meats & dairy products sourced from local farmers.

Cash & Card payments will be accepted. The Produce Cart will also accept SNAP/EBT.

For more information about the Produce Cart, please call Community Partnership Inc. at 724.766.8483. To learn more about Community Partnership Inc. and their effort to fight Food Insecurity, visit Community Partnership, INC.

The Produce Cart will be located in the Arts & Hospitality loop from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:


PA Hunger-Free Campus

BC3 has proudly been designated as a Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through August 2024!

PA hunger free campus logo BC3 was among the first schools in Pennsylvania to receive the inagural Hunger-Free Campus designation in 2022. This designation recognizes institutions that have taken measures to address student hunger. Read more


For Butler County Residents

Qualifying individuals and families from Butler County in the BC3 Community are eligible to receive food on a monthly basis. First, please fill out the Registration Form.

If you are a current BC3 student, please use your BC3 email

 
If you qualify, you will also need to fill out the Declaration of Need Form. Please return to Karen Jack  karen.jack@bc3.eduin the Pioneer Pantry or in the KEYS Office - Student Success Center.

For Non-Butler County Residents

For information about Pioneer Pantry for Non-Butler County residents, please contact Karen Jack  karen.jack@bc3.edu


Ways You Can Help

 
Make a Gift to the Pioneer Pantry Online

Please contact Karen Jack, KEYS Program Director,  if you have any questions. Visit the BC3 Education Foundation Support page for other ways to support BC3.

Shop our Amazon Wish List

Shop our Amazon Wish List which is regularly updated with items needed for the Pioneer Pantry, special events, and our holiday gift boxes delivered right to our door.

Donate Food

The Pioneer Pantry gladly accepts donations to keep the pantry stocked with a healthy variety of food for our shoppers. We’re currently accepting ALL TYPES of non-perishable, non-expired food to stock the pantry.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Can't make it to one of our locations?  Contact us to coordinate the drop-off for your donation.

Volunteer

Volunteer support is critical to our mission to combat food insecurity.  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact us at foodpantry@bc3.edu.