Northeastern's Student Pantry opened in Fall 2015 under the sponsorship of the Division of Student Affairs. The original plan for the Student Pantry was developed through a grassroots effort during the Fall 2012 semester among faculty, staff and students who shared an interest in finding ways to address the problem of hunger among NEIU students.
The NEIU Student Pantry is supported greatly due to our partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). GCFD is an organization to help end food insecurity within Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland area. With their support, the NEIU Student Pantry receives many donations such as produce, canned and bagged items. Visit the GCFD website to learn more.
The primary objectives of the NEIU Student Pantry include:
- Provide support and assistance to students struggling with food insecurity;
- Improve academic success by improving access to on-going sources of nutrition for our students;
- Provide hands-on volunteer leadership experiences for students while increasing their commitment to civic engagement;
- Develop internship opportunities for students in academic programs including Social Work, Communication, Community Health, Business Management and Justice Studies.
2021-2022 HOURS OF OPERATION
The Student Pantry is open for the Fall 2021 semester to current NEIU students. The hours of operation are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday in Room E 050 A.
Process for receiving fooD
- Students may walk in during normal hours of operation and receive food from the Student Pantry. We ask that students abide by the COVID-19 Interim Policy and wear a face covering properly and maintain social distance during their visit to the pantry.
- For first-time visitors to the pantry, please register with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and create a profile by providing your basic information. Upon completion, you will receive a seven-digit Client ID number. You will need that Client ID to access food from the pantry. You can do this before visiting or during your visit.
- To accommodate the need for safety and reduced time within the pantry, visitors may submit their request for food items ahead of time to be pre-packaged. Complete the request form and note what day and time you wish to pick up the food.
- On the day and time of your order, pick it up from the Student Pantry. If you are unable to come that day and time, please communicate with the Student Pantry so that we may cancel your order.
Finding a Food pantry near you
For students who do not live on or close to campus and are in need of food assistance, Greater Chicago Food Depository provides an up-to-date listing of pantries across Chicago.
Ways to Donate
Monetary donations can be made online to the Student Pantry Fund. Monetary donations will be utilized to provide the Pantry with supplies and non-perishable foods in addition to what is already available in the Pantry from tangible donations.
When donating, be sure to designate the Student Pantry.
The Pantry is in continuous need of donated items, including, but not limited to:
- Peanut butter
- Fruit cans
- Granola bars
- Canned soup
- Macaroni products
- Shelf-stable milk
- Cooking Oils
- Baby food/formula
- Reusable grocery bags
- Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shower gel, toothpaste, etc.)
If you have suggestions for any food items that should be made available to visitors of the Student Pantry, you can make them by completing this form.
Beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, rice, tuna etc.
Personal hygiene products, diapers, facial tissue, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, deodorant etc.
What cannot be donated?
Opened or partially used items, including canned, bottled and dried goods, products not in their original packaging, products with no ingredient information labels, homemade or home-canned products, products that have been contaminated, alcoholic beverages or energy drinks of any kind, expired products, pet food, clothing, cleaning supplies, toys.
- NEIU Student Pantry (Room E 050 A)
- NEIU Police Station (Room PF 104)