Food Pantry at Iowa

The mission of the Food Pantry 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.

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The Food Pantry is located in 212 Iowa Memorial Union. 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.

SUMMER 2019 HOURS (May 16 - August 25):

Food Pantry East (IMU) Food Pantry West (Pride House)
Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 pm Sunday Closed
Monday Closed Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed Wednesday Closed
Thursday 3:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday Closed
Friday Closed Friday Closed
Saturday Closed Saturday Closed


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Did you know college students can be eligible to receive SNAP benefits?  Apply online at  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  Learn about the Iowa Food Bank Association at

Our Story

The Food Pantry at Iowa started after a group of University of Iowa students saw a need that needed to be met: fellow college students and 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 growing hunger issue, a group of passionate and motivated undergraduate students ranging from college sophomores-seniors 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, including collecting basic statistics on food insecurity at the University of Iowa, finding a place to house the food pantry, garnering funding and support, clarifying logistical issues 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(IMU). The Food Pantry at Iowa was first opened to University of Iowa students, faculty and staff at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.

The Food Pantry at Iowa firmly believes that food is a basic human right and everyone has a right to a healthy and nutritious meal. Food accessibility and affordability is very important in order for college students to survive, maintain a healthy lifestyle and to concentrate in classes. We believe that no University of Iowa student, faculty or staff member should have to go hungry or sacrifice a healthy diet because of lack of food affordability and accessibility.

The Food Pantry at Iowa aims to not only provide resources for food insecure college students, faculty and staff but also aims to raise awareness about the important issue of college food insecurity and the stigma behind it. We aim to raise awareness by hosting hunger awareness events throughout the year like food drives, hunger banquets, hunger-dialogues, discussions with food insecurity experts, cooking demos and much more. We hope our services will build a supportive community amongst our fellow hawks and foster a healthy and inclusive environment at the University of Iowa.

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