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.
Due to recent developments, both pantry locations are closed until further notice.
Spring 2020 hours for the Food Pantry East (starting Tuesday, January 21):
The Food Pantry East is located in 212 Iowa Memorial Union, at 125 North Madison Street in Iowa City. Clients should enter through the Iowa House Hotel Lobby entrance and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Turn left after exiting the elevator, and you will see Room 212 around the corner.
|Sundays||2:30 - 5:00 pm|
|Mondays||4:00 - 6:30 pm|
|Wednesdays||11:30 am - 2:00 pm|
|Thursdays||4:00 - 6:30 pm|
Spring 2020 hours for the Food Pantry West (starting Tuesday, January 21):
The Food Pantry West is located on the second floor of the Pride House at 125 Grand Avenue Court in Iowa City. Clients should enter through the Pride House front door entrance and take the stairs to the 2nd floor. Turn right at the top of the stairs, and you will see Food Pantry West.
|Sundays||5:00 - 7:30 pm|
|Tuesdays||5:00 - 7:30 pm|
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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
To donate to the Food Pantry through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, please select "see additional options or make multiple gifts" and then "other." Specify it should be given to the Food Pantry at Iowa.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