Porterville College

Pirate Pantry

Food Pantry

Welcome to the Porterville College Pirate Pantry. The purpose of the Pirate Pantry is to provide emergency, supplemental food to students to assist in fighting food insecurities one step at a time.  Food insecurities are when an individual is unaware of where their next meal will be or having limited access to food. 

Many times students are faced with the decision to buy food or textbooks. Additionally, they are faced with poor meal choices, because they will not receive additional monies for weeks at a time and they cannot always afford enough to eat. 

The learning environment on campus is increasingly impacted by the hunger and food insecurities. Food insecurities are linked to high dropout rates and not devoting time to studies. With the Pirate Pantry, Porterville College is assisting students with food insecurities and breaking a non-academic barrier that hinders student success. 

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Hours of Operation
Mon. & Thurs. : 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tues. & Wed. : 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Pantry Access

Please complete the email here

Or contact us by e-mail with "Food Pantry Request" as subject and your Student ID # in the body of the email. You will be contacted with an access time. Students will remain relatively anonymous by providing only their Student ID and email.

Upon access to the pantry services, you will need to provide a Pirate ID Card. Eligible weekly visits, students are free to choose from a variety of food items that meet their needs. Once a student has chosen food, the food will be logged for inventory. Inventory is kept to allow for a better understanding of what food items students prefer and the ability to stock accordingly. 

Recipes and additional food information are available to help build healthy meals with the food provided in the pantry.  

Update to PC Food Pantry Drive Thru for Students

The event will remain every Thursday, although the time will be one hour earlier, from 10:00 – 11:00 to compensate for the heat that we will be experiencing over the summer months. Please share as we would like to make sure we communicate the change and eliminate any confusion. This message has been sent through Navigate to our students.

Dear Porterville College Student,

With schools and many businesses closed, many of you who have not needed the Pirate Pantry services will need assistance more than ever. Porterville College continues to work with Community Food Bank to create a network of support for our students in emergency. Porterville College will be providing no-contact, drive-thru Mobile Pirate Pantry for Porterville College Students. One bag of Groceries will be given to each student. Students must present a current Porterville College Student ID Card or canvas login showing courses with matching picture ID to receive a bag of groceries. Please have the verification items ready when you pull up to receive your bag of groceries. The Drive Thru will be available every Thursday at 10am to 11pm and will be first come first served, beginning April 2, 2020. The drive-thru will take place in the parking lot located in front of the AC building. There will be clear signage upon entry and we ask that all participants practice social distancing. There will be marked locations that you should adhere to, while you wait your turn. We are facing unknown and unpredictable needs in the coming months and your college is working to assist in meeting those needs.



Many have asked how to assist. 

  1. Donate any amount you feel fit per pay period to the food pantry to ensure sustainability. Donations can be made in the PC Business Office.
  2. Bring plastic grocery bags for us to use in the food pantry for students.
  3. Donate non-perishable food items each month. 
  4. Get involved in the Annual Pirate Pantry Food Drive held during the Fall semester.

All food donations can be delivered to the Pirate Pantry. If you prefer pick-up, please call to schedule a pick-up.