It is our mission to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. We collect demographic information and a variety of other data to improve processes and ensure that it is equitable, inclusive and accessible to meet the needs of the diverse student population at Illinois.

About the Program

Our pantry is focused on the development of students in a supportive and inclusive space. The ARC Food Assistance & Well-Being Program is staffed by student volunteers from Food Science Human Nutrition and we work closely with faculty to provide educational resources to pantry shoppers while developing our student volunteers to provide food support and community building skills. 

The ARC Food Assistance & Well-Being Program is a shopping style pantry. Food is set up on shelves by food groups. Shoppers walk through the space and take food off shelves according to pantry guidelines. This model allows shoppers to handle food, choose items that they will eat and enjoy, and look at the labels just as if they were shopping in a store. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. The ARC Food Assistance & Well-Being Program is located in the rear of the ARC Instructional Kitchen (beside the indoor climbing wall).

COVID-19 Precautions

  • As of November 30th, students wishing to use the Food Assistance and Wellbeing Program should go to Member’s Services and say “I’m here for the Instructional Kitchen”.
  • Until Phase 5 of the Illinois reopening plan is implemented, patrons and volunteers will be required to wear face masks while in the pantry space.
  • Student Wellness staff will wipe down any tables and chairs with bleach solution before and after the shifts begin, as well as frequently touched items throughout the pantry.
  • Volunteers will not be allowed to attend shifts if exhibiting any symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, and shortness of breath. All volunteers are required to be COVID tested per University Guidelines. 
  • Patrons will enter the kitchen space and maintain six feet distance from other patrons.

Distribution Hours

All hours of operation, including distribution hours for the Food Assistance and Well-Being program can be found on the Current Hours of Operation page.

Current Hours of Operation

How to Make A Donation

  1. Go to the website and choose a level of giving
  2. Levels include $300, $150, $75 or Other
  3. Click ‘Donate Now’ and follow the steps to complete your donation
Food Donation Form   Donate Funds

How your donation can help

$12 a month would support one student food pick-up a month
$25 – Covers a one-time food pick-up for 2 students
$50 – Pays for a one-time grocery pick-up for 4 students
$100 – Provides a one-time grocery pick-up for 8 students
$250 – Helps us feed 25 students for a week
$500 – Helps us feed 50 students for a week