Food Security Resources

We encourage you to contact us if you or a student you know is experiencing hunger or skipping meals. 

Graduate and Professional Students can contact:
Student Support Services

Undergraduate Students can contact:
Center for College Student Success

Resources available during the academic year:

  • Dining Meal Swipes: We can provide students with limited meal swipes to be used across the UChicago Dining Commons.

Resources available during Winter Break:

  • C.A.R.E.S. Initiative: UChicago Dining is providing supplemental resources to students experiencing food insecurity during Spring Break. If you need support, please complete the C.A.R.E.S. survey to confirm eligibility. 

This is intended to be short-term support for students experiencing food insecurity. If you or a student you know could benefit from longer-term support, please contact us to explore additional options.

Requests are reviewed during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) during the academic year. For urgent needs or afterhours requests, students may contact the various emergency resources on campus, including the Dean-on-Call program.

Additional Financial Resources
We recognize that there are situations outside of the scope of this program. The Bursar's Office has Emergency Assistance Programs to assist with additional emergencies and unexpected expenses. 

Local Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Hyde Park Union Church
Address:     5600 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone:        773.363.6063
Frequency: Every Saturday from 10am – 1pm

KLEO Community Family Life Center
Address:     119 E. Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone:        773.702.2939
Frequency:  First Wednesday of each month from 2-5pm

St. Paul & Redeemer
Address:     4945 S. Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone:        773.624.3185
Frequency: Every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm

Comer Children’s Hospital
Address:     5721 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone:        773.702.1000
Frequency: Open to patients and families every day

Kenwood UCC Soup Kitchen
Address: 4608 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653
Phone:        773.373.2861
  Hot Meal Program Hours:
      Monday      8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      Tuesday     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      Thursday    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      Friday         8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Hyde Park SDA Soup Kitchen
Address:     4608 S Drexel Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653
Phone:        773.373.2909
Frequency: Every Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Second Faith Temple C.O.G.I.C.
Address:     424 E 49th St, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone:        708.308.1228
Frequency: Every  Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gorham United Methodist Church Pantry/Grocery Distribution
Address:    5600 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone:        773.324.8657
Frequency:   Weekly, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

To find a food pantry near you, please visit:

Please call the food pantry directly or check their website to assure you are eligible and have all required materials.

Certain government programs may assist with food access or related issues. The most commonly used are listed here.

Contact Student Support Services for referrals to people who can assist with the application process.

For more information about free transportation to local grocery stores, please click here.