Huskies Student Food Pantry

Many students do not qualify for food assistance programs, which is why this Food Pantry steps in.  The Huskies STUDENT FOOD PANTRY is intended to and will provide non-perishable, supplemental food and other necessities for NIU Students in need of support. The Huskies Student Food Pantry is located at 401 Normal Road, De Kalb, Ill., in the Grace Place Campus Ministries building, across Lucinda Avenue from the NIU Holmes Student Center, at the heart of the NIU campus. The Huskies Student Food Pantry will Open Thursday, March 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will then be open the first and third Thursdays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30. For more information, visit the Huskies Student Food Pantry website. They can also be contacted at 815-753-8344/815-756-7700 or at

Salvation Army Food Pantry

The Salvation Army has an Emergency Food Pantry that services households living below the poverty level in DeKalb County. Each household is eligible to receive food assistance one time every month. The person receiving food will be asked to provide a photo ID and proof of DeKalb County residency. The pantry is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. - 6:45 pm. In addition to the Food Pantry, the Salvation Army has a program each summer to provide school supplies and backpacks to students entering grades K-12 in DeKalb County whose families are living below the poverty level. The Salvation Army has both a Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance program as well as a rental, utility, and medication assistance program available all year long. For more detailed information about each program, you can call the Salvation Army of DeKalb County at 815-756-4308.

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Unemployment has passed 10 percent in DeKalb County. Foreclosure notices are increasing, and food prices are on the rise. These are contributing factors to creating a situation where many in our community are struggling to feed themselves.

The Voluntary Action Center is providing one "Community Meal" the first, third and fifth Wednesday of every month in the evening for free at the Senior Center at 330 Grove Street. The dinner is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They are for anyone in need. Please pass the word to anyone you may know in need of food. The meal is prepared by the Voluntary Action Center, which has a kitchen where they also prepare meals for "Meals-on-Wheels" for senior citizens in the area.