Food Assistance & Well-Being Program


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.

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

  • 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.
  • After grocery pickup, non-perishable items will be sanitized with a 1:9 bleach solution to remove any infectious particles. Student Wellness staff will wipe down any tables and chairs with bleach solution before and after the shifts begin.  While patrons pack each bag, they will have individual single use gloves, changed after each bag is packed to minimize risk.   
  • Volunteers will not be allowed to attend shifts if exhibiting any symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Patrons will enter the kitchen space one at a time wearing a mask. Patrons will complete printed paper order forms based on the weekly offerings and a bag with those items will be placed on the island to allow for social distancing.

Distribution Hours

Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Food Donation Form

How to Make A Donation

To support the University of Illinois Student Food Pantry Support Fund

  1. Go to
  2. In the “other” box, type in 336768 or University of Illinois Student Food Pantry Support Fund
  3. Add the amount of the gift
  4. Press “continue”

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