At Goodwin, for some facing economic hardships, finances can be a balancing act- deciding between essential bills, books, heat or food. Others in need of assistance live in households with incomes too high to qualify for most food-driven federal programs. With unemployment, underemployment, and food prices on the rise, in 2011 Goodwin established The Ann B. Clark Transitions Food Pantry to meet the needs of the Goodwin College community. Since its start, the staff, faculty, and student managed facility has served over 180 families, providing over 24,000 pounds of food. On November 14, 2019, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care generously granted Goodwin College a commercial refrigerator for their Transitions Food Pantry. Soon to store Goodwin-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from the campus’s community garden, the presented refrigerator is a positive impact on Goodwin’s population and proves to uphold the notion that giving back to your community is just plain cool.
Goodwin College is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin College was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.