All HGTC Students and Employees Are Welcome.
Mission: The HGTC Pantry provides non-perishable food and personal care items to meet the needs of all current students and HGTC employees free and confidentially. The HGTC Pantry also provides links and information on additional resources provided within our HGTC community and surrounding community to ensure access to healthy food and personal care, community education and advocacy that leads to a self-sufficiency and a brighter tomorrow.
Vision: to end food insecurity among members of the HGTC community and ensure access to necessary educational supports and resources to meet their basic needs and overall well-being.
Using the Pantry
In order to maintain safety protocols, HGTC pantry users are no longer able to come directly to the pantry and pick out/shop for their own food and supplies. Instead, we now prepackage goods based on our current list of items available. To use the pantry, you will need to be a current student and/or employee at HGTC. Please email your confidential request using your HGTC designated email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and H number. The HGTC Pantry Leadership staff will return your email request within 24 hours or by the next business day to complete the request and arrange pick-up during available pick-up times Monday through Thursday.
To ensure we have enough in stock each week for everyone, we ask that use of the pantry be limited to once a week for food items and once a month for personal hygiene products.
To use the pantry, you will need to be a current student and/or employee at HGTC. Please email your confidential request using your HGTC designated email address to email@example.com and include your name and H number.
Pantry Donation List
Due to limited space and current items in need at each campus, please contact one of the HGTC Pantry locations before donating; however, we appreciate ANYTHING on the list you are willing to donate.
* All items and packages must be labeled, and sealed, no glass
- 100% Fruit Juice
- Peanut Butter
- Pudding cups
- Low sodium soups & stews
- Dried fruit
- Low sugar cereal
- Bottled water
- Canned meats, tuna, salmon, chicken
- Granola bars
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Cooking oils
- Single-serving meals
- Shelf-stable milk
- Baby food jarred
- Canned fruits & low sodium vegetables
Personal Hygiene Items: Adult and Children
- Body wash
- Bar soap
- Toilet paper (Individually wrapped)
- Disposable razors
* Regular or Travel size items are welcome
If a group or business would like to provide a bulk in-kind donation or conduct a fundraiser/food drive for the HGTC pantry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for current needs and ways to do so.
You can provide a monetary donation through the HGTC Foundation. Scroll down to Foundation Funds and click on the HGTC Pantry Donate button.
Donate Items Remotely
You can also donate through our Amazon Wish List at hgtc.edu/pantry-donate which sends donations directly to our campus!
Donation Items Not Accepted
The following items cannot be accepted as donations:
- Expired items
- Opened items
- Glass items
- Dented or rusted cans
- Bulk food
- Baby formula
- Sugar-sweetened drinks
- Homemade foods
- Bread of any kind
- Perishable or Refrigerated items: i.e. fresh fruits or vegetables, meat, fish, milk, butter
What do volunteers do at the pantry?
Volunteers can be involved in a variety of tasks to assist pantry operations including:
- Distributing Food/Personal Care Items: assist with distributing food/personal care items on designated distribution days on each campus; check their Pantry ID and have users fill out surveys for data; keep record of the number of pre-packaged boxes distributed.
- Stocking and Inventory: track and shelve items where they belong in the pantry; sort through food items, evaluate, and discard expired food; disinfect and wipe down surfaces that are exposed to food; pre-assemble boxes to prepare for distribution day.
- Fundraising and Food Drive: assist Fundraising Coordinator with on and off campus food drives, help collect donations; assist with sending thank you letters to donors.
Where would I volunteer?
We have pantry locations on all three HGTC campuses (Conway, Georgetown and Grand Strand). You can choose which pantry location you would like to help with based on your schedule and present work location. Volunteering remotely or virtually is also an option that may be arranged.
Are volunteers required to volunteer for a certain amount of time or on a set schedule?
Ideally, we would like to have people volunteer regularly but we are also sensitive to people’s busy work and personal schedules. We can accommodate (and are appreciative) of any time you can give us – once a week, every other week or even once a month.
Do volunteers receive training?
Yes, once you let us know which campus pantry you would like to assist with, we will then connect you to that campus’ Pantry Coordinator who will provide an overview and training specific to that pantry location. Once you have completed the orientation you will have a better sense of what specific pantry tasks you would like to assist with.
What is the first step in volunteering?
The first step in getting involved is to email the HGTC Pantry and include your name and H number. You will then be required to complete either the HGTC Employee or Student Volunteer Application form. Once completed you will be contacted by one of our Pantry Coordinators to further discuss how we can best support your interest in being involved.