Say Hello to the Food Collaborative
The Food Collaborative is the combined effort of various College support services, and faculty and administrators. We are dedicated to addressing our students’ basic needs and providing resources for overall success by actively working to educate, promote and advocate for the nourishment of all of our students.
The Food Collaborative was created in recognition of the importance that food plays in helping students better focus, learn and do well in class. We encourage confident choices, where eating healthy, on the run and on a budget is a part of everyday routine. Students are connected to opportunities such as food funds, vouchers and stamps, food pantries, snacks, free meals, volunteering opportunities and advocacy events. We’ve made it easy for students to get what they need, no matter where they are.
The Food Pantry is located in the Center for Student Leadership Development, Room S1-12, but you can stop by one of these on-campus food pantry locations for snacks, toiletries and other success resources.
Main Campus, Bonnell Building
- Academic Advising, Room BG-12
- Counseling Department, Room BG-7
- Veterans Resource Center, Room BG-43
Main Campus, Winnet Student Life Building
- Center for Male Engagement, Room S1- 5
- Student Government Association, Room S1-11
- Student Engagement Office, Room S1-19
- Student Success Initiatives, Room S3-09
- Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center, Room S1-19
Main Campus, Mint Building
- Campus Safety, Room MG-12
- Single Stop, Room M1-21
- Library, Room L1-12
Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry
- Career Connections, Room C1-34
- Northeast Regional Center, Room 103
- Northwest Regional Center, Counseling
- West Regional Center, Front Desk
Spring 2020 Events
Grady's Community Garden Clean Up
February 25 | 12 p.m.
Learn about maintaining healthy garden beds while doing a little weeding and helping to clean the greenhouse.
Class of 2020 Blooming Brilliance Event
March 17 | 12 p.m.
The first 40 graduating students to show up will plant their own spring flowers that they will then get to pick on May 1 at the second annual Horticulture 4 'da Culture event.
Eating with the Administrators
March 18 | 4 to 5 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse
Students: this is your opportunity to chat with administrators about anything. Nothing creates a better environment than a good hot meal and good conversation. We will show you how to make healthy, delicious dishes using fresh vegetables from Grady’s Community Garden, and teach you how to best utilize food from the Snack Rack Food Pantry.
Fresh Vegetable Giveaway
March 19 and April 9 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop by to for free vegetables. Try something new — you create a healthier you when you add fresh vegetables to your culinary cabinet!
April 7, 14 and 21 | 12 p.m.
Come one, come all to promote your business at this tabling event and opportunity to network and sell your products.
April 10 and 24 | 4 p.m.
Sit back and relax in Grady’s Garden and enjoy spoken word and creative writing performances by artists in the College community.
Plant Some Goodness
April 20 and 22 | 12 p.m.
The vegetables planted in Grady’s Community Garden help us grow and provide nutritious food to the College’s students. Help us plant some goodness! Let's put our hands together and do our part to grow fresh food and bring ourselves one step closer to food sovereignty.
Potluck with the Professors
April 8 | 3 to 5:30 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse
Students: this is your opportunity to enjoy a casual conversation with faculty. Nothing creates a better environment than a good hot meal and good conversation. We will show you how to make healthy, delicious dishes using fresh vegetables from Grady’s Community Garden, and teach you how to best utilize food from the Snack Rack Food Pantry.
April 28th | 12:30 p.m.
Our Community College of Philadelphia chefs will compete in this head-to-head competition featuring produce from Grady’s Community Garden. The audience will be invited to taste each dish and vote for their favorite!
Farmers Market Fundraiser
April 30th | 12 p.m.
Faculty and staff are invited to sponsor a raised bed plot and purchase seeds that will be used to harvest vegetables for our students.
Second Annual Horticulture 4 'da Culture Celebration
May 1 | 5 to 7 p.m.
You won’t want to miss our annual garden party celebration. All students and staff are invited to enjoy food, music and garden delight! Our 2020 graduates will be our special guests of the night.
Sponsored by: The Division of Student Development; Office of Student Engagement/Center for Student Leadership Development; Grady's Community Garden managers Jenavia Weaver, Danyelle Watson-Young, Cory Dulaney and Steve Jones; and student garden manager Hajjah Glover, Horticulture Club president.
Check out Grady’s Garden and learn about the ways you can help take care of the garden this summer and fall. You can sign up to help plant seeds, water, monitor the growth in the greenhouse and more. Volunteer in Grady's Garden.
Here are some resources to help put you on the path to a nutritious diet.
- Interactive Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
Use the guidelines to help you make healthier diet choices. While it is intended for health professionals and policymakers, individuals can use the information to make informed choices about the food and drinks in their diet.
- Mix it up! 20 Ways To Enjoy More Fruits And Vegetables
- Download Fooducate, a free food and nutrition tracking app. Use Fooducate to stick to your health goals and see your activity progress. Get tips from its active online community and collect recipes that fit your lifestyle.
- Check out your app store for grocery comparison apps like Favado, Basket, Grocery King and Grocery Pal to find the best prices for the items on your list and coupons for additional savings.
- The quickest road to a healthy and affordable meal is just steps away at the neighborhood corner store. This video, Eat Healthy on a Budget, gives you the information you need to maximize your dollar!