SNAP Information & Sign Up

If you are a college student, chances are you might qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) run by the USDA. This program assists low-income earners purchase food items. Check out the Illinois Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) below:


People who use SNAP can also use food pantries, the School Street Food Pantry encourages all who qualify to apply for the program.

Local Food Pantries

Below are some infographics with some details on food pantries in the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area. Each food pantry is different so please try to contact them before you make the trip to one.

The first is a list of food pantries with their food options and accessibility color coded. These are also listed from closest to farthest away from School Street Food Pantry.

Food Pantry key

The second infographic is a generic calendar of all the food pantries seen above and their operating days. For more information regarding hours and locations, a link will be provided below to a complete list with all contact information.

Food pantry calendar

The last infographic is a ROUGH placement of these pantries in comparison to the Connect Transit Bus Routes. Take note that the bus routes are subject to change.

Food Pantries Map

Lastly, all data including contact information and addresses for each pantry can be located in the link below.


Meal Planning

Meal planning is the key to saving money on you or your household’s monthly food expenses. The School Street Food Pantry will provide meal planning classes, free of charge, for anyone interested. Specific dates and times are to be determined.

Below is a link to the USDA guide to meal planning, a really helpful resource to people first starting out on their own.


Recipe Videos by Zak Kaesberg

Rainbow Salsa

Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Chili

Chicken Salad

Zucchini Bread


Cookbook developed by students in Communication 223 class during Spring 2020 Semester. Thank you Hailey, Allie, Josie, Sammie, Sam , Hannah and Rachel, and to their Instructor, Megan Koch.

It contains various recipes such as banana pancakes, chicken noodle soup, baked oatmeal bars, and tuna pasta.

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