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We are very excited to share that the EIU Campus Food Pantry will be open starting on October 1, 2021. The EIU Campus Food Pantry will serve anyone who has a Panther Card. The goal of the EIU Campus Food Pantry is to support those needing help to put food on their table. Panthers will be eligible to visit the EIU Campus Food Pantry two times per month.

The experience of food insecurity – the risk of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food - is becoming a typical experience for many college students. The vision of the EIU Campus Food Pantry is to establish a means to support students and the campus community by alleviating barriers to consistent, adequate, and healthful food. To meet the needs of our campus community, the EIU Campus Food Pantry is rooted in the core ideal that Panthers protect Panthers. It is maintained and sustained by members of the EIU students, staff, and faculty, and reflective of the University’s mission to nurture diversity and inclusion within a student-centered campus culture.

The EIU Campus Food Pantry is located at 1347 McAfee. It will be open the following days and times when classes are in session:

                        Monday 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm

                        Tuesday 4pm-6pm

                        Wednesday 3pm-5pm

                        Thursday 10am-12pm

                        Friday 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm

Students and staff only need to bring their EIU Panther Card in order to receive support. No income or financial data will be asked for.


How often can I come?
Students are eligible to visit the EIU Campus Food Pantry two times each month.

What do I need to bring?
Students and staff only need to bring their EIU Panther Card in order to receive support. No income or financial data will be asked for.  

What kind of food items will be available?

The kind of food that will be shared will include Ravioli, beans, canned veggies, fruits, soup, cereal, pasta or rice, and macaroni and cheese.

How much food will I receive?
Each time a Panther visits the pantry they will be sent home with enough food for roughly 9 meals for one person.

Can I get food for me and my roommates?
Each Panther will be served on an individual basis. Your roommates are welcome to come to the EIU Campus Food Pantry to receive their own food.

What if I have dependent children?
Please contact the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism at (217) 581-3967 so we can talk through your options.

What other pantries are in our area?
There are three other pantries in Charleston and our students are eligible to visit them all as needed.
Newman Catholic Center 
Charleston Food Pantry 
Standing Stone - Carpenters Table Food Pantry 

I have a different question- who can I ask?
Give us a call at (217) 581-3967 and ask for Beth Gillespie or Crystal Brown. You can also email us at:



The EIU Campus Food Pantry will be staffed with volunteers! We will be looking for 1-2 people to help us each time the pantry is open. If you want to register for one of those spots, please sign up through our website on the Volunteer Now page

Donate $$
100% of the EIU Campus Food Pantry budget comes from the generous donations from individuals both on and off campus. A $10 donation allows us to purchase $100 worth of food. A $18 donation provides one box of food for one student, and a donation of $144 will support a student’s food pantry needs for an entire semester. 

Donate online to make a tax deductible donation that will directly support our EIU Panther!

Important instructions for online donations: 
When selecting the destination for your gift, please select "other gifts (please specify)". In the box below, state the gift is for the EIU Campus Food Pantry.

If you are an EIU employee- payroll deductions are an option to donate too! If you are interested in this, you may set this up using the online form or by contacting Crystal Brown at and we can get you a payroll deduction card to fill out. 

With your help, we can support every student who needs this critical resource. Every gift, and every dollar will make a significant difference in the lives of our EIU Panthers. Thank you!

Donate items
We will be hosting organized food drives during Homecoming (October), Hunger Action Month (November) but will be accepting donation of non perishable food items throughout the year. To schedule a time to donate items please email us at:

If you are interested in organizing a drive please email us at: and we are thrilled to partner together.

A wish list of currently needed items will be coming soon.


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Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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