Resources for Students Experiencing Food Insecurity

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plate of turkey, rice, and kale

What is food insecurity?

Being a "starving college student" should not be a reality. According to Wisconsin's HOPE Lab, food insecurity is defined as "the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner. The most extreme form is often accompanied with physiological sensations of hunger."

Across the nation, the HOPE Lab found that 36% of university students were food insecure in the 30 days prior to the survey. They also found that 16% of university students experiences both food and housing insecurity. Their report states:

"The data show that basic needs insecurities disproportionately affect marginalized students and are associated with long work hours and higher risk of unemployment. However, the level of academic effort – in and outside the classroom—is the same regardless of whether or not students are dealing with food and housing insecurity. It is therefore critically important to match their commitments with supports to ensure degree completion."

Click here to visit the Wisconsin HOPE Lab's "Still Hungry and Homeless" report.


To learn how SIU can help provide you resources to combat food insecurity,
file a Saluki Cares report here.

Information on food insecurity within the United States can be found here.

Am I experiencing food insecurity?

If you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, you may be experiencing food insecurity. To learn how SIU can help provide you resources to combat food insecurity, file a Saluki Cares report here.

  • Can I afford to eat balanced meals?
  • Do I worry about if my food will run out before I can afford to buy more?
  • Do I ever skip meals or eat smaller quantities because there isn't enough money for food?
  • Was I ever hungry, but I didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?

Undergraduate, graduate, and international students who are experiencing food insecurity (or could experience food insecurity) can reach out to Saluki Cares and file a Saluki Cares report here..

The Saluki Food Pantry provides food assistance to students in times of need, helping them to stay in school and meet their educational goals. To learn more about the Saluki Food Pantry, visit their website here.

Saluki Food Pantry

To view up-to-date hours for the Saluki Food Pantry, please visit the Student Center building hours.

Student Center - Lower Level
Southern Illinois University
1255 Lincoln Drive | Mailcode 4407
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

foodpantry@siu.edu 
618-536-3351

The Saluki Food Pantry contains a variety of non-perishable food and toiletry items available to any student with a valid ID. Items available include:

  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned meat
  • pasta
  • rice
  • deodorant and other hygiene products
  • toilet paper