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GSU Food Pantry Celebrates 3rd Anniversary


As Governors State University’s full-service Food Pantry celebrates its 3rd anniversary, Ciara Noel, Coordinator, Civic Engagement and Intercultural Education, is proud of the impact it has had on students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising food costs. 

“We’ve seen an uptick in patrons since the pandemic began, so it's been important for students to have something to fall back on whenever they need essentials. We’re just happy that we’re able to keep it going,” said Noel, who is in charge of the pantry’s operations.

To honor the pantry’s contribution to campus, she and her colleagues are throwing a celebration on Nov. 15 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the pantry, located at A-1115, next to the Gaming Lounge. Guests will be able to enjoy snacks, music and mingling. The pantry is also asking guests to bring donations in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The GSU Food Pantry was created in 2014 and initially provided non perishable items until the expansion of GSU4U, which provided students with bags filled with personal care items such as toothbrushes, razors, and soap.

Now, in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the pantry offers non perishable and perishable food, including produce, meat, and dairy, as well as toiletries and over-the-counter medication to GSU students and their families.

During the Fall semester, the pantry is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (are these the hours for both the fall and spring semester? Summer?)

If you are interested in volunteering at the food pantry please contact the Center for Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs at 708-235-7619 or email