Cougar Cabinet Food Pantry & Community Resources
LCCC offers resources and assistances to help every member of our community thrive. From food pantries to assistance with basic needs, we can help you get the support you need.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for College Students
Some students may be eligible to apply for SNAP benefits. We provide answers to some frequently asked questions and additional information about applying.
Cougar Cabinet Food Pantry
LCCC is recognized as a Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We provide an on-campus food pantry program, the “Cougar Cabinet,” to our students, staff, and faculty who are experiencing food insecurity or may need supplemental food options or personal care items.
Through funding from the LCCC Foundation and the United Way and in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, you can receive food items once a week to supplement your food supply. All visits are free and confidential. You do not need to provide any documentation of need, but will need to have an LCCC ID card and complete a declaration form, which is available at the pantry.
- Main campus (Schnecksville) – Berrier Hall
- Donley Center (Allentown) – lower level Student Lounge
To see when the pantries are open each week at Schnecksville or Allentown, contact Elizabeth Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cougar Cabinet at LCCC Tamaqua – room 203, Morgan Center
To see when the pantry is open each week at Tamaqua, email email@example.com or call 570-668-6880.
All members of the LCCC community are welcome to visit the cabinet once a week. Hours are subject to change each semester due to staff availability.
In addition to our Cougar Cabinet Food Pantry, you can connect with our community resources and basic needs specialist. Our specialist will actively assist you in connecting and navigating college resources and community agencies to secure the assistance.
Community resources include:
In addition to the Cougar Cabinet Food Pantry, the following food resources are available to members of our community.
- Food-Share Tamaqua Program at the Tamaqua Campus
- United Way of PA Food Resources can help with food, groceries, or free or low-cost meals; includes SNAP (food stamps/EBT), WIC, food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens
- Second Harvest Food Bank Find Food Tool helps with locating local food banks
- Second Harvest Food Bank SNAP Outreach Program operates a “Food Stamps over the Phone” outreach service
- The Lehigh Conference of Churches Conference Kitchen operates five days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Helping Harvest serves families in Berks and Schuylkill Counties
- United Way of PA Online Emergency Shelter Assistance lets you complete a Homelessness Assessment via phone at 211 or 1-844-246-9911; you can also text your zip code to 898-211
- Homelessness Assessment Walk-in Site at the Lehigh Conferences of Churches
- United Way of PA Transportation Assistance
- LCCC KEYS program is a grant-funded educational program that allows qualified students to receive additional services and support while completing their degree at LCCC, including assistance with books and supplies, childcare, and transportation
- Purchase price-reduced bus passes at the LCCC business office
- Lanta Bus has current routes that stop at LCCC’s Schnecksville campus Route 209 Weekday and Route 325 Weekday
- Temporary discount on LANTA’s 31 Day Pass
- United Way of PA Utilities Resources can help with utility bill payment assistance, Including electric, water, gas, heating fuel, internet, and telephone service
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a grant
- UGI Customers Assistance Program (CAP) offers low-income customers assistance in managing their energy bill
- PPL On Track lowers fixed monthly payment to income-eligible customers
- Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more
- Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary assistance program created by the American Rescue Plan Act that can help households in emergency situations maintain essential water access
Grants and Scholarship
Health Care Resources
- PA Dept of Human Services Medical Assistance
- Pennie – The Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange
Mental Health Resources
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Rivera, Community Resources and Basic Needs Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-799-1087.
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