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Huskie Food Pantry


An NIU Student Population not challenged more by their food needs than by their education needs.


The Huskie Food Pantry is intended to provide non-perishable, supplemental food and other necessities for NIU Students in need of support.

History of the Pantry

The Huskie Food Pantry was born when staff member, Kathy Zuidema, began to recognize the need that some NIU students have while attending school. She heard stories of professors giving students packages of food because their students had not eaten in two or three days, of students riding bicycles to distant food pantries to obtain food for sustenance, and a consistent need from students who visit the financial aid office in hopes that they will be able to attain funding to help better support themselves while on campus.

Yet, this need is not NIU specific. Food pantries have been opening on university campuses across the country over the past 20 years, with one of the most prominent beginning at Michigan State University in 1993. The Huskies Student Food Pantry, now the Huskie Food Pantry, was created to meet the need of our students who face food insecurity.

What is Food Insecurity?

According to the USDA Economic Research Service, food insecurity occurs when a household has limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

Food Insecurity at State Universities in Illinois

According to a study that reviewed the food insecurity rate at Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Illinois Universities. the average rate of food insecurity at these institutions is 35 percent. The above rate, applied to the NIU student population of about 20,000, indicates the possibility of over 7,000 students in need on our campus. 

Contact Us

Huskie Food Pantry
Located in the Chick Evans Field House on the south side of the building, across from Graham and Gabel halls.


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