University of Idaho Food Pantry
No University of Idaho student should have to wonder from where their next meal is coming.The University of Idaho Food Pantry exists to address food security issues among members of the University of Idaho community. The UI Food Pantry, run by the Center of Volunteerism and Social Action, serves undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and their families in need of food assistance.
Food security and challenges faced by low-income students tend to be invisible to many, but the need is real. At the state level, Idaho ranks 49th in per capita personal income and has a poverty level higher than they national average. Approximately, 48% of our undergraduate students qualify for Pell Grants, indicating they come from low-income backgrounds and Idaho is in the top 25% of four-year public institutions in enrolling low-income students. When it comes to aid, 80% of undergraduates demonstrate need and 25% of students cannot find enough resources, even with aid and loans, to pay for college.
The UI Food Pantry distributes food packages (a week's worth) on Tuesdays during the academic year.
If you are in need of food assistance, it is incredibly easy to get set up:
- Fill out the Application for Food Pantry Assistance and a staff member will be in contact with you to confirm your participation.