Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Dean of Students

Division of Student Development

Food Security Resources

Food insecurity is 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.

LUC Food Pantries

The LUC food pantries are here to support students who need a little extra help, so they can focus on their academic success. Students are welcome to shop in-person weekly to get 3-4 days worth of food. We provide shelf-stable products at no cost to visitors. Our offerings vary based on donations and time of year.

Pantries are generally open anytime the building is open throughout the year. Holiday and break hours will be posted as needed. Students must be currently enrolled and provide a Loyola ID to access the pantries. If you are in need of a long term plan of action, please submit a CARE Referral, and a staff member will email you to explore additional options. Submit a CARE Referral

Food Pantry Locations 


Damen Student Center, room 243, Lake Shore Campus. Open whenever the building is open, accessible with ID access.


McGuire Hall, 2nd Floor, 1 E. Pearson, Water Tower Campus. Open on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Cuneo Center, 1st Floor, inside the cafeteria vending room. Open whenever the building is open. 


Additional Food Support

  • SNAP for Students wondering if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the city of Chicago? Learn more about student qualifications.  
  • Chicago's Food Bank Finder is a part of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This resource is specifically for students who reside in Chicago and perfect for in-state resimuters and commuters. We recognize that coming to campus may not be feasible. Please use this resource to access food for you and your family. 
  • Feeding America Food Bank Finder is a resource for Ramblers who live out of state and are looking for food near your home. Please use this resource to access food for you and your family. 

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