fresh fruits and seasonal veggies
Open to all Northeastern Students

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. Contact us directly at

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, Communications, Community Health, ​Business Management.​ and Justice Studies.  


The Fall 2019 hours of operation are Mondays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

Closings due to observed holiday breaks or emergency closures will be broadcast via Targeted Announcements and posted as notices at the Pantry. 

Your Donations Help Our Students

​Northeastern's food pantry is supported in part through the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Healthy Kids Market, which provides a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables and shelf stable food items for students who may not be able to visit a traditional food pantry. The remainder of the donations are a collaborative effort among Northeastern faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

What can be donated?

High demand items (make a big impact with your donation) include:

  • Peanut butter

  • Granola bars

  • Canned soup

  • Rice

  • Shelf-stable milk

  • Oatmeal

  • Tea

  • Coffee

  • Baby food/formula

  • Diapers

  • Reusable grocery bags

  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shower gel, toothpaste, etc.) 

Food Items

Beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, rice, tuna, etc.

Non-food Items

Personal hygiene products, diapers, facial tissue, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, etc.

What cannot be donated?

Opened of 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.

Where to drop off donations?

  • Academic & Community Partnerships (E 047 C)

  • Advising Center (LWH 0027)

  • Angelina Pedroso Center (B 159)

  • Learning Support Center (4th floor of the Library)

  • Project Success/Proyecto Pa'Lante Office (LWH 4029)

  • Student Disability Services (D 104)

  • Student Leadership Development Office (B 159)