Food Pantry

Students tabling outside the SSC Food Pantry


Founded in 2017, South Seattle College’s on-campus food pantry provides essential food and toiletry items to students in need. During Spring Quarter 2017, the pantry served approximately 400 students and distributed 2,000 food products and toiletries.  

The purpose of the Food Pantry is to address food insecurity for our students.  

If you are homeless or can't make it to the local food bank during class times, or you are low on your EBT card we are here for you.  

We know you can't do your best in class on an empty stomach and we want you to make it to the finish line!  

Location: Across from the Art Gallery in the JMB Student Center  
If you are in urgent need to access the pantry, please visit the Office of Student Life in JMB 125 or email to schedule an appointment.  

Watch this video to learn more!  

Options Available 

Food Delivery 

Any South Seattle College student who cannot afford groceries can receive a weekly FREE GROCERY BOX, delivered for FREE from DoorDash! Grocery boxes will be culturally specific, so you can even choose a box for your Southeast Asian or East African Halal or Latinx family!  

Fill out this form today as space is limited.  

Students who sign up for a grocery box will be screened for Basic Food Benefits (up to $250 per month), utility bill assistance, financial aid coaching, and mental health & wellness referrals.  

If you are in a position to donate funds to our campus Food Pantry, click here.  

Please follow this webpage and our Instagram account to learn of new offerings.

New Student Eligibility for SNAP/EBT

Washington state is now approving more low-income students to receive food assistance through the Basic Food Employment (BFET). ALL low-income students enrolled in certificates and degree programs, up to a 2-year degree, are now eligible for BFET.

Make an appointment with Benefits Hub to complete your application.

Basic Food is Washington state’s name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Basic Food provides eligible individuals or households, including eligible students, with a monthly grocery benefit that is loaded onto an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT). This card and benefits can be used like a debit card to purchase groceries at grocery stores, online (for curbside pickup and delivery in some cases), and even at farmer's markets. A family of four can receive over $600 a month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can use the food pantry?

A: Any currently enrolled student at South Seattle College.

Q: How often can I use the food pantry?

A: Currently, once per week. You will be able to select a limited number of food items in categories.

Q: What kind of food can I get at the pantry?

A: Non-perishable items: granola bars, pepperoni, nuts, raisins, canned soup, stew, beans, vegetables, fruit, noodles, ramen, rice, pasta, shelf stable milk, and juice.  We also have toiletry items, like toothbrushes, soap and pads.

Q: What info do I need to provide to use the pantry?

A: You will need to show student id/registration receipt, provide your zip code and sign a form of receipt. Please bring your own bag or backpack.

Q: How is the food pantry funded?

A: The Pantry is free for students. It is funded partially with student service and activity fees, donations and food drives. The food pantry is operated by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society student leaders as a service project.

Q: What Are Emergency Funds?

Emergency Funds are a one-time award to assist students with unforeseen expenses that may cause a student to withdraw from school. Emergency Funds can be used once per academic quarter. Awards vary depending on student need and resources available. Learn more about Emergency Funds.


Food Banks  

There are also other community resources to tap into for hunger relief:  

The COVID-19 Seattle Area Food Resources Map is live. It contains information about food banks, meal sites, and student to-go meal sites in Seattle. More info here. Be sure to check hours and ID requirements before going.  

Additional Resources  

If you need additional support to pay for groceries or other food access resources, please set up an appointment with our school United Way Benefits Hub coaches to review resources you may be eligible for such as SNAP, for example.   

The City of Seattle is offering grocery vouchers to families currently enrolled in city-subsidized child care and food-assistance programs. More info here.  

Food Lifeline suggests these resources:  


If you are in a position to donate: 

  • Non-perishable goods can be placed in the bin located outside of the pantry door. 
  • If you would like to make a cash donation to the Food Pantry, click here

Thank you! 

Food Pantry

Thank you to our community partners! 

West Seattle Food Bank  Puget Sound Labor Agency  Americorps  Northwest Harvest  United Way harvest-against-hungerpacific-coastseattle-neighborhoodwhite-center