Food Assistance & Well-Being Program



It is our mission to ensure that the 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 Illinois student population.

Food Assistance & Well-Being Program

How it Works


The Food Assistance & Well-Being Program is a shopping-style pantry. It is open to current Illinois students with an active i-card. Food is set up on shelves by food groups. Shoppers walk through the space and select food according to pantry guidelines while being mindful that is a shared student resource for food supplemental program. This model allows shoppers to handle food, choose items, and look at the labels as if they were shopping in a store. Student volunteers are available to answer questions and provide resources.



Visitor Instructions


International students and scholars wanting to utilize the pantry should first review the public charge page on the ISSS website. If you have questions after reviewing the page, please contact ISSS.

Before the Pantry Opens

Your must be physically present to hold your place in line. DO NOT Leave your personal belongings unattended. Any item left outside the kitchen will be placed in lost & found. We are not responsible for personal belongings, nor we can guarantee you can retrieve them.

During Pantry Open Hours

  1. Present your i-card to the staff upon entry.
  2. Check in on the laptop. If this is your first time, Create a profile by following the volunteer instructions.
  3. Once your entry data is saved, you can start shopping in the pantry! Please keep your personal belongings with you while you access the pantry.
  4. Don't hesitate to ask questions. We are here to help!

Location and Staffing

The Food Assistance & Well-Being Program is located in the rear of the ARC Instructional Kitchen (entrance on the concourse level, next to the indoor climbing wall). The program is focused on the development of students in a supportive and inclusive space. It is staffed by student volunteers from Food Science Human Nutrition who provide food support while developing their community-building skills. We also work closely with faculty to provide educational resources to pantry shoppers.


    How Your Donation Helps
    • A $20 donation provides at least 20 servings of healthy food
    • A $40 donation provides at least 40 servings of healthy food
    • A $60 donation provides at least 60 servings of healthy food
    • An $80 donation provides at least 80 servings of healthy food
    • A $100 donation provides at least 100 servings of healthy food

    On the Menu

    Explore food resources and check out some of our staff's favorite recipes!

    Host a Food Drive


    Groups, organizations, and RSOs interested in partnering with the Food Assistance and Well-Being Program can host their own virtual or drop-box food drive! To get started, view the How to Host a Food Drive (PDF) instructions and then fill out the request form. If approved, we will reach out with more details!


    Interested in helping to support the program? Fill out the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program Volunteer Interest Form. We are accepting volunteers for Spring and Summer 2024.




    Explore wellness resources on CampusWell, an interdepartmental website that provides articles and videos about various topics, including food and nutrition!