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Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is the inadequate access to sufficient food or adequate quality of food to meet one's basic basic needs. Healthy People 2030 indicates that 13.8 million households were impacted by food insecurity at some point in 2020. College age students are particularly vulnerable when it come to food access. The following resources are for our on-campus/local students to help them battle food insecurity 

Local Resources

EIU Campus Food Pantry

  • Phone: 217-581-3967
  • Address: 1347 McAfee Gym
  • Hours: Hours
  • Other: Students and Staff must present EIU Panther Card

Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry

  • Phone: 217-348-3030
  • Address: 990 West State Street, Charleston, IL 61920
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM & Thursday: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Other: Individuals must live in Coles County, can visit this pantry every 30 days as needed.

Carpenters Table a Leg of Standing Stone

  • Address: 375 North 14th Street, Charleston, IL 61920
  • Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM & Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Other: People in need of food can participate once every two weeks.

Catholic Charities of Coles, Douglas, and Edgar Counties

  • Phone: (217) 235-0420
  • Address: 4217 Dewitt Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Other: Provides local services including clothing assistance, food pantry, housewares assistance, furniture assistance, Med Assist, and Medical Equipment Loan Program.

The Salvation Army of Coles County

  • Phone: (217) 235-5667
  • Address: 1300 Richmond Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Client Choice food pantry Hours: Monday – Thursday 9-3pm, Friday 9am-12:30pm
  • Other: provides a wide range of social services in Coles and surrounding counties, including food, clothing, utility, and housing assistance, transient and disaster services. Clients can receive food through the pantry every 30 days as needed.

The Haven

  • Phone: 217- 234-7237
  • Address: 1812 Western Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938

Blessing Food Pantry

  • Phone: 217 235-0420
  • Address: 4217 DeWitt Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Other: Anyone in Coles, Douglas, and Edgar counties who demonstrates need is eligible.

Mattoon Community Food Center

  • Phone: 217-258-8321
  • Address: 600 Moultrie Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30-3:30pm, Thursday 6-7:30pm
  • Other: Clients that meet the IL Department of Human Services income guidelines are eligible to receive food once every 30 days

Mattoon Christian Church Food Pantry

  • Phone: 217-234-3777
  • Address: 221 North 19th Street, Mattoon, IL 61938
  • Hours: Monday & Thursday: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM; Tuesday: 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM; Wednesday & Friday: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - Noon


Resources for Online Students/Students at Home

Just because a student goes home doesn't mean access to food always improves. To help promote access to food and improve the overall health of EIU students, the links below will help connect you with the closest foodbank in your area. Each foodbank has a search feature on their page that will direct you to local food pantries and resources


Central Illinois Food Bank (serving Adams, Bond, Brown, Cass, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, and Shelby counties)

Central Illinois Food Bank Food Locator

Eastern Illinois Food Bank (serving Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Livingston, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Vermilion, and Woodford counties)

Eastern Illinois Food Bank Food Locator

Greater Chicago Food Depository (Serving Cook county)

Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Locator

Northern Illinois Food Bank (serving Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties)

Northern Illinois Food Bank Food Locator

Peoria Area Food Bank (serving Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties)

Peoria Area Food Bank Food Locator

River Bend Food Bank (serving Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, and Whiteside counties)

River Bend Food Bank Food Locator

St. Louis Area Food Bank (serving Calhoun, Clinton, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, and Williamson counties)

St. Louis Area Food Bank Food Locator

Tri-State Food Bank (serving Alexander, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, and White counties)

Tri-State Food Bank Food Locator

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Contact Information

Health Education Resource Center

2201 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Academic Year Hours

8am – 4:30 pm

Summer Hours

8am – 4:30 Monday – Thursday, 8am – 12pm Friday

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