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Give Funds

Monetary donations to the Huskie Food Pantry can be made online through the NIU Foundation. Search for "Huskie Food Pantry" by selecting from the list of designations. 

You may also make a monetary donation in-person or by mail. Please make checks payable to NIU Foundation and write "Huskie Food Pantry" as the memo. Drop off checks or mail to:

NIU Foundation
c/o Huskie Food Pantry
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Give Time

We rely on the help of our wonderful volunteers in order to ensure the success of the Huskie Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed to receive, stock and shelf inventory; shop for food; assist clients; organize food drives and much more. 

Please be encouraged to sign-up for more than one shift! If you have questions, contact communityservice@niu.edu or call 815-753-1421. Are you serious about volunteering at the pantry? Learn more volunteer guidelines in our volunteer policy.

Huskie Food Pantry Leadership Team

The Huskie Food Pantry Leadership Team is an opportunity for students to take a lead role with the Huskie Food Pantry. Students involved with this team will assist the Huskie Food Pantry coordinator in managing the pantry operation while also increasing the sustainability of this campus resource. Students will have the option of working on multiple projects such as grant writing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management as well as food acquisition. Each member of the Huskie Food Pantry Leadership team will also spend time volunteering with the pantry through our various volunteer shifts. Previous volunteer experience with the Huskie Food Pantry is required. Please contact knohelty1@niu.edu for more information.

Sign Up for a Shift

Give Food

All food donations can be dropped off at the Campus Life Building, room 150 between 8 a.m. -noon or 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We appreciate all donations. If you are thinking about doing a food/item drive, we strongly encourage you to focus on toiletry items, spices, pasta, canned fruit or plastic/reusable bags.

Most Needed Items

  • Spices (especially curry, cumin, salt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, basil)
  • Canned fruits
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Canned tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta sauce
  • Toiletry Items (shampoo, soap, deodorant)
  • Paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper)
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, sponges, laundry detergent)
  • Plastic bags
  • Reusable bags