Food Pantry

Students tabling outside the SSC Food Pantry

Founded in 2017 by student leaders, South Seattle College’s on-campus Food Pantry addresses food insecurity for our students. In addition to providing essential food, we also carry toiletry items, and diapers for students in need.

If you can't afford groceries, are low on your EBT card, or are unsheltered and can't make it to the local food bank during class times, we are here
 for you!

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

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!

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

Any currently enrolled student at South Seattle College.

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

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.

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.

The Pantry is free for students. It is funded partially with student service and activity fees, donations and food drives.

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 Food Resources

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

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Thank you!

Food Pantry

Thank you to our community partners!

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