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Food Assistance

Food assistance programs and food pantry programs are essential for addressing food insecurity and ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to nutritious food to support their health and well-being.


Panther's Pantry

Panther's Pantry is a free resource for PBSC students, faculty, and staff, and it has locations on all five campuses. It provides a variety of free items including canned food, frozen meat, fresh produce, snacks and toiletries to those that need it. More information and pre-packed pickup appointments can be on the Panther's Pantry website.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. 

If you are interested in exploring your eligibility, please make an appointment.

For more information, please contact us. Email:  |  Phone: 561-868-3980 


SNAP Eligible Foods

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy foods for the household to eat, such as:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Pet foods
  • Soaps, paper products
  • Household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods


Benefits Screening

Benefits Screenings allow you and a coordinator to see specific benefits that may be available to you. Once you are aware of your qualifying benefits, the coordinator will assist you in completing an application. Your coordinator can assist you with the entire process, including faxing necessary paperwork. 

The screening is a quick and easy way for our coordinators to determine if you or members in your household are eligible for:

  • Food Stamps /Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low or no cost health care


Housing/Food Insecurity Resources

For a full listing of local food pantries, please view United Way's Palm Beach County Food Finder

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