Food Pantry

The Cave - Brookhaven College Food Bank

You cannot work, study or perform if you are hungry. Let's show that Bears care!

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Did you know that one in six North Texans do not know where they will find their next meal? Texas has a higher rate of food insecurity than the national average. That means it is more difficult for our students, colleagues and community members to put food on the table – even though our food costs are cheaper than the national average.

Our food bank is available to any community member at Brookhaven College – staff, students, Head Start, Early College High School – anyone who uses the campus. If you or someone you know could use this service, please pass the information along. We don’t ask questions. We don’t take names. We just get people fed.

Hours of Operation

The food pantry is located in Bldg. K, Room K241. Hours for the pantry will generally be the same as those for the office hours for the Social Science Division office. 

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you need access to the pantry outside of these hours, or if the pantry is closed for some reason, please contact Brookhaven College Police or email JenniferAllen@dcccd.edu.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer – The pantry is staffed solely by student volunteers. Volunteers are scheduled for each 30-minute increment. Encourage students looking for service hours to work with the food bank.
  • Donate – We continually accept donations of food and recyclable bags. Donations may be dropped off at the food pantry in Bldg. K, Room K241 or to Jennifer Allen’s office in Bldg. K, Room K208. To arrange for a donation pick-up, contact Jennifer Allen at ext. 4124
  • Spread the word – Alert your students, staff members and our campus community about the Brookhaven College food pantry. We are here to serve them and we’ve helped so many students already!
  • Participate – Encourage everyone you know to participate in the annual Spooky Trot and donate canned goods as their registration fee. The donated food goes directly to the Brookhaven Food Bank.

FAQ’s

What if I know of a student or coworker on campus who could use the assistance, but they will not come and get the food?
Come over and get it for them. We understand that some people do not want to come to the pantry, so you can help by collecting some items for them. The only thing we track is what food we have and how many people visit the pantry.

How do I get food assistance?
It is easy. Simply visit the food bank, select the items needed and have a great day.

What does the food pantry need?
We are constantly in need of pasta, jar pasta sauce, peanut butter, breakfast foods, macaroni and cheese, ramen and canned fruit. These are items that students want and we can’t keep enough in stock. Foods that can be cooked easily or microwaved are usually popular. Additionally, there is always a need for protein such as tuna, canned chicken and canned meats. We also accept baby food.

Consider donating unique items that may fit a particular demographic or culture. For example, some students don’t know what oatmeal is because they did not grow up eating it. But porridge or another breakfast item may be more familiar. Some packaging or brands may be more easily recognized to different cultures as well as ethnically specific foods.

We now accept toiletry items such as travel-sized products.


Contact

Jennifer Allen
Bldg. K, Room K208
JenniferAllen@dcccd.edu
972-860-4124

Brookhaven College Police
Bldg. B, Room B200
Non-emergency phone: 972-860-4290

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