Food Pantry at Iowa
Our mission is to provide nutritious food and basic necessities for University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff in need, and to fight food insecurity through education and advocacy.
The Food Pantry is a service available for ANY student, staff, or faculty member at the University of Iowa.
The current pick-up date is Wednesday, July 15th. Please sign up HERE to reserve a time.
The Food Pantry at Iowa is providing pre-packaged bags of food every Wednesday for pick-up until further notice. This service is available for ANY student, staff, or faculty member at the University of Iowa. All pantry operations will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Iowa health and safety guidelines.
Each week, a sign-up link will be posted on the Food Pantry’s website and Facebook page.
On the date and time of pick-up, bring your University ID card to the South Entrance of the Iowa Memorial Union. Please note that all distribution will occur outside of the building.
After checking in, you will be able to request a variety of items such as fresh produce, protein, beans, pasta, canned fruits/vegetables, soup, breakfast items, snacks, and toiletries based on availability. We will do our best to provide as many of these items as possible at each visit.
If you have any questions/concerns about this process OR have any issues on the day of pick-up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Did you know college students can be eligible to receive SNAP benefits? Apply online at www.oasis.iowa.gov. For assistance with an application or questions about the IFBA Food Assistance Outreach Program, call the hotline at 1-855-944-FOOD(3663) or email FoodAssistanceOutreach@iowafba.org. Learn about the Iowa Food Bank Association at www.iowafba.org.
The Food Pantry at Iowa started after a group of University of Iowa students saw a pressing issue: peers at the University of Iowa were going hungry, unable to pay for the basic necessities to survive and attend college at the same time. In response to this, a group of passionate and motivated undergraduate students banded together to form the Food Pantry Steering Committee. The Food Pantry Steering Committee laid the ground work for establishing the Food Pantry at Iowa. The Steering Committee began by collecting basic statistics on food insecurity at the University of Iowa, finding a place to house the food pantry, garnering funding and support, and much more. After a full year of hard work and persistence, the Food Pantry at Iowa was successfully established at the Iowa Memorial Union. The Food Pantry at Iowa was first opened to University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.Learn More
Due to possible COVID-19 spread, we are unable to receive food donations for the time being. However, we are still accepting monetary donations. If you are interested, you can mail cash or check to the following address:Learn More
Volunteering at the food pantry is a semester commitment, but is flexible for any student's schedule. As an organization, we understand that academics are your first priority and we are happy to work around your schedule. We do ask our volunteers commit 1 - 2 hours per week, for the semester you plan to serve.Learn More
This report was generated by Dr. Sarah Bruch, Assistant Professor and Director of the Social and Education Policy Research Program.Learn More
Food insecurity services
Hawkeye Meal Share is an initiative that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest meal swipes online to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in need at the University of Iowa. Learn more at: https://dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/meal-share/Learn More