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

Find other local food pantries and resources through PATH at their online database.

Illinois Community Food Map. Use the Find Food IL map to find places in your community offering free food or meals. You can also find stores and markets that accept SNAP/LINK or WIC coupons. Plus, see the DHS or WIC office nearest to you. Enter your zip code or city to get started. Use the resource type buttons to narrow your search to certain types of food resources.

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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