As families struggle to balance homeschooling and job losses, many are affected by food insecurity. Chandler-Gilbert has relaunched two vital basic needs resources for both the community and students. The Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution return with a kick-off on September 1 at the Williams Campus. The college has implemented COVID-19 safety measures in order to offer community members and students access to these resources during this time of unprecedented need. In addition, face coverings or masks are required to participate in these services.
“The Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution are vital services, not only to our students, but to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Anne Suzuki, CGCC Dean of Student Development. “Now more than ever, it is important for us to stay connected and support those around us by providing basic needs. We are honored to partner with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank and United Food Bank to aid in these efforts.”
Through a partnership with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, the Coyote Cupboard provides non-perishable food items, school and home supplies to CGCC students, faculty, staff and the community. The Coyote Cupboard is dedicated to ensuring no one in the community goes hungry or without certain necessities. Items available include canned foods, pasta, snacks, drinks, toiletries and personal items.
Coyote Cupboard pickups are available on a weekly basis, and pre-made bags are available to reduce contact. For more information on pickup dates and times at the Pecos Campus visit https://www.cgc.edu/student-resources/student-basic-needs/food-pantry/food-pantry.
“Our free produce distribution events remain popular with our students and the general public,” said Michael Greene, CGCC Director of Student Life and Leadership. “We know many of our students face food and housing insecurities. Student Life's mission is to empower students with resources to help them focus on learning rather than their food or basic needs. We're excited to continue to offer these resources once again this fall semester and encourage our students and community to get the help they need.”
Free produce distribution is a monthly event hosted in partnership with United Food Bank. Produce and other perishable items, such as milk and bread, are available for pickup at the Pecos and Williams campuses, and the community is welcome to visit either location. No appointments are necessary, and items are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in set amounts. For upcoming event dates, visit https://cgc.campuslabs.com/engage/events?query=Produce.