About the GovState Food Pantry

The GovState Food Pantry assists students experiencing food insecurity.

In collaboration with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the GovState Food Pantry provides a range of non-perishable and perishable food items for consumption. Toiletry items are sometimes available in very limited quantities.

During the holiday season, special holiday dinner boxes are offered to students, staff, and the community, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in November.

Visit the Food Pantry, conveniently located in the A-wing on the first floor in Room A-1115. Effective May 6, 2024, the pantry hours are:

  • • Monday and Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm

For access or assistance during the summer, please visit A2100 or A2129

For students seeking access beyond the designated days or hours of operation, you can find alternative pantries and resources on the GSU4U website. The above listed hours indicate when the pantry has adequate staffing or volunteers available to operate.

Important: To utilize the GovState Food Pantry, students must present proof of enrollment by showing a current Student ID or their Black Board Account. They must also sign-in with the pantry staff member on duty.

Food Pantry Volunteers

Anyone interested in volunteering at the food pantry can sign-up on Jaguar Connection. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary to volunteer. Volunteers can report to the pantry directly at 12:00 noon on the day of deliver. Delivery dates are the 3rd Thursday of the month each month. If you have questions, contact the Center for Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs at 708-235-7362 or email civicengagement@govst.edu.

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SNAP (Link Card / Food Stamp) Benefits

Need help accessing food? SNAP can be a useful resource during difficult times.

Governors State University partners with mRelief to provide students easy access to SNAP benefits through text messaging, web, and voice. Find out if you qualify in just a few minutes so that you can get the help that you need.

In addition, GSU4U hosts on-campus workshops with representatives from the Northern Illinois Food Bank who help students apply for SNAP benefits in person. Workshop dates will be published online and sent via e-mail at the beginning of each semester (Fall/Spring).