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No one should go hungry.

Food is a daily necessity and something everyone has a right to.

Food Assistance & Wellbeing Program Food Pantry

One spring 2020 report (pdf) found that nearly 38% of students at four-year universities claimed they were food-insecure in the previous 30 days. You are not alone.

Being hungry can affect your academic abilities to be successful and impact your overall wellbeing. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign wants to ensure you have access to nutritious food and assistance to help you solve issues of food insecurity.

There are several resources available to assist you in securing food on and around campus based on your needs and comfort level. These resources are safe and inclusive spaces.

On-Campus Resources

Everybody Eats

Refer to website for dates/locations

Food Assistance and Wellbeing Program

  • Location: Campus Recreation – ARC ground floor
  • Hours: Tuesdays 1-4 pm; Saturdays 2-5 pm
  • Link: website

OIIR Lunch on Us

Refer to website for dates/locations/registration

Off-Campus Resources

Canteen Run

  • Location: The Salvation Army, 2212 N. Market St., Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Goes out Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday 6:30-9 pm, 3-5 pm on Sundays
  • Phone: (217) 369-9344 (can call for appointment)
  • Email: cucanteenrun@gmail.com
  • Link: website

Champaign Church of the Brethren

  • Location: 1210 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays 8 am-12 pm
  • Phone: (217) 356-3852 (call for appointment)

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

  • Location: 116 N First Street, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Serving: Champaign County
  • Hours: Everyday 11 am–12:30 pm
  • Phone: (217) 356-7687
  • Email: dbskvolunteering@gmail.com
  • Link: website

Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Food Pantries in Champaign County. Includes food pantries in towns other than Champaign and Urbana.

Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church

  • Location: 208 West University Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Mondays-Fridays 9-10 pm (while supplies last)
  • Phone: (217) 352-9827
  • Link: website

Faith Baptist Church – Champaign

Friends of Champaign County

  • Location: 201 West Kenyon Road, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Thursday Noon-2 pm (drive-up or walk-up)
  • Phone: (217) 352-7961

Grace Lutheran Church

  • Location: 313 South Prospect Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
  • Hours: Thursday 10 am-12 pm (drive-up or walk-up)
  • Phone: (217) 356-6232

Jubilee Cafe CUCC

New Life Faith Christian Fellowship

  • Location: 1211 Kerr, Urbana, IL 61802
  • Hours: Wednesday 8-8:30pm; Sunday 12-12:30 pm

Newman Shares Food Pantry

  • Location: St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, 604 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Biweekly on Wednesdays 5-7 pm
  • Phone: (217) 344-1266
  • Email: msamuel3@illinois.edu
  • Facebook: link
  • Link: website

Restoration Urban Ministries

  • Location: 1213 Parkland Court, Champaign, IL 61821
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 am-1 pm

St. Luke C.M.E Food Pantry

  • Location: St Luke C.M.E Church, 809 N. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL, 61820
  • Hours: Third Saturday of each month 10 am-12 pm
  • Phone: (217) 356-4922
  • Link: website

St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

  • Location: 708 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (distribution in church parking lot)
  • Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 4-5 pm
  • Phone: (217) 367-2665
  • Email: secretary@stpaturbana.org
  • Link: website

Salvation Army Pantry

  • Location: 2212 North Market St, Champaign, IL 61822
  • Hours: Monday 9 am-4 pm; Tuesday-Friday 9 am-6 pm

Stone Creek Church

  • Location: 2502 S. Race St. Urbana Urbana, IL 61801
  • Hours: Fridays 10:30 am-1 pm
  • Phone: (217) 344-5455
  • Facebook: link
  • Link: website

University Place Community Dinner

  • Location: University Place Christian Church, 403 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Hours: Wednesdays 5-6 pm
  • Contact: link
  • Link: website

Vineyard Food Pantry

  • Location: 1802 North Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
  • Hours: Wednesday 10 am-12 pm, 5-6 pm (drive-up only)
  • Phone: (217) 384-3076

Wesley Food Pantry

  • Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 West Green Street, ​Urbana, IL 61801
  • Hours: Thursdays 5-7 pm
  • Phone: (217) 344-1120
  • Link: website

OR

  • Location: Parkland College M-Wing, Roomm M-138, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
  • Hours: Wednesdays 1-3 pm; first and third Saturdays 10 am-12 pm

Windsor Christian Church

  • Location: Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 W Windsor Road, Champaign, IL 61822
  • Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 9 am-4 pm (by appointment)
  • Phone: (217) 359-2122
  • Fax: (217) 359-7623
  • Link: website

Nutrition & Wellbeing Programs

Campus Recreation

  • ARC Instructional Kitchen
    Link: website
  • Nutrition Programs
    Link: website

McKinley Health Center

  • Phone: (217) 333-2700 (schedule a one-on-one appointment with a dietitian)

University Housing Dining and Catering

Government Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Location: Department of Human Services: Family Community Resource Center
    705 N Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL
  • Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday (except state holidays)
  • Phone: (217) 278-5605

SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. To get SNAP benefits, you must apply in the State in which you currently live and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits. In most cases, once you submit your application, your State agency or local SNAP office will process it and send you a notice telling you whether or not you are eligible for benefits within 30 days. College students are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they work at least 20 hours a week or have a child under the age of 6.

Need More Help?

Student Assistance Center

  • Location: 300 Turner Student Services Building
    610 E John St, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: (217) 333-0050
  • Email: helpdean@illinois.edu
  • Link: website

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