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:
Spring 2023 Dates
- Every Monday & Tuesday starting January 17th through May 9th from 10am-4pm
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.
PA Hunger-Free Campus
BC3 has proudly been designated as a Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through August 2024!
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 qualify, you will also need to fill out the Declaration of Need Form. Please return to Karen Jack firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Ways You Can Help
Make a gift online using the BC3 Education Foundation online donation PayPal form. Follow this link to the Support BC3 page and click on the yellow "Donate" button. After you enter your dollar amount, you can choose to donate with PayPal or with a credit card. Once you make your selection, the next screen will let you specify that this is a gift to the Pioneer Pantry by filling in the "Add a Note" field. Please contact Karen Jack, KEYS Program Director, if you have any questions.
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.
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:
- Administration Building - Hallway outside of the Copier Room
- Arts and Hospitality building - Front lobby by the Amy Wise Children's Creative Learning Center
- Business and Health Building - First floor Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health lounge area
- Business and Health Building - Second floor by IT Department doors
- Heaton Family Learning Commons - Second floor lobby
- Humanities and Education building - Lobby area
- Public Safety Building - Lobby area
- Science and Technology building - Lobby near first floor Steffler Board Room
- Student Success Center - First floor KEYS Office area
- Student Success Center - Second floor by BC3 Bookstore entrance
- View interactive campus map
Can't make it to one of our locations? Contact us to coordinate the drop-off for your donation.
Volunteer support is critical to our mission to combat food insecurity. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.