A resource for food and services.
In times of need, Valencia College students can turn to VCentials. A free source of food and essential items such as toiletries, VCentials is made possible through generosity of the Florida Blue Foundation, Second Harvest, and members of the Valencia College community. You can make an appointment and place an online order for convenient pick up or visit during operating hours to make your own selections. The software ensures your data security, following FERPA and ADA requirements. After a one-time yearly registration, our staff will require your VID, email, and name for VCentials check in and check out.
Essentials for students in times of need
How VCentials works
Step One: Register
Using your mobile device or computer, visit: valenciacollege.edu/VCentials
Log-in via your Valencia College Atlas credentials, register one-time for a Pantry Soft account, then log in when you want to place an online order.
Step Two: Visit
Schedule a visit online to select inventory items for pick up or stop by during operating hours and our staff will check you in.
Step Three: Access Anytime
You can access VCentials any time. There is a limit to the number of items per day.
For and by Valencia College students
Who is eligible?
Any Valencia College student can use VCentials including full- and part-time, degree- and certificate-seeking, Continuing Education and Accelerated Skills Training students. Valencia College staff and faculty members may also use VCentials.
What is available?
VCentials offers an ever-changing inventory of items that includes fresh produce, staples such as cereal, grains, canned goods, toiletries, etc.
How to donate
Donations of in-date, carton sealed food donations and toiletries are appreciated. We are currently unable to accept clothing-type items, but we encourage you to donate these to Goodwill, homeless shelters, women's shelters, etc.
East Campus Building 4-134 (Student Development office)
Lake Nona Campus Building 1-147 (Student Development office)
Osceola Campus Building 2-150 (Student Development office)
Poinciana Campus Building 1-116 (Student Development office)
Winter Park Campus Building 1-200 (Student Development office)
West Campus Building 1-142 (Across from the Campus Store)
What type of items are available?
The West Campus site will stock fruits, vegetables, bread, frozen and fridge items, ready to eat meals, protein, water, drinks, snacks, and hygiene products.
East Campus carries cold items such as water along with canned items, breakfast foods, snacks, hygiene products and school supplies. All other sites carry canned items along with a small selection of snacks.
Where can I find an accessible pantry?
See above locations.
Where does the food come from?
Most of the food will come from our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank although we will be happy to accept community donations.
Do I need to track how many items I take?
You may visit one time per day and select up to 10 items for onsite or online shopping. Please review the category limits posted.
Can I donate items to the food pantry?
Stop by and we will be happy to accept unopened food items for our Valencia community. We are unable to accept opened food items or clothing.
Do I need to enter the day and time I’m here?
You will have the ability to book a next business day appointment and select your items online for pickup. You are welcome to visit onsite while we are open and shop as well. A one-time yearly registration (July 1) in the software is required.
What type of items can be donated? What can’t be donated?
We are happy to accept in date, carton sealed food donations and toiletries at VCentials. We are currently unable to accept clothing type items but encourage you to donate these to Goodwill as well as homeless and women’s shelters.
How can I support the food pantry?
Ways to support include: food donations, employee/community donations, monetary donations to the Foundation and volunteering.
Do people have to make an appointment to drop items off?
No appointment will be required to drop off donations while VCentials open. We appreciate your generosity.
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