Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers food, school supplies to East Valley families

Chandler-Gilbert Community College announced Aug. 31 that the Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution will return to the college campus Sept. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College announced Aug. 31 that the Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution will return to the college campus Sept. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Chandler-Gilbert Community College announced Aug. 31 that the Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution will return to the college campus Sept. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Chandler-Gilbert Community College announced Aug. 31 that the Coyote Cupboard and free produce distribution will return to the college campus Sept. 1, according to a news release. The Coyote Cupboard, through a partnership with Matthew's Crossing Food Bank, provides nonperishable food items and school and food supplies.

“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, the CGCC dean of student development, in a news release. “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.”

The college is implementing COVID-19 safety measures to offer students and community members access to the resources. Face coverings or masks are required to participate in these services, according to the news release. Coyote Cupboard pickups are available on a weekly basis, and premade 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, the CGCC director of student life and leadership, in a news release. “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, according to the college.


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.