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Each year the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter participates in a project known as the “College-Wide Project” and for the fall 2015 project the chapter researched the need for a food pantry on campus. They spent the semester meeting with local experts and college administration, conducting surveys of current students and faculty/staff and working with service-learning students on the need and

feasibility of opening a pantry. Phi Theta Kappa’s research alone found that 100 out of 750 College of DuPage students reported having access to only 1-2 full meals a day or less than a full meal a day. The chapter felt that this showed food insecurity was definitely an issue that should be addressed at College of DuPage. Phi Theta Kappa wanted to support the campus community members by giving them the brain “fuel” they need to succeed while at the College of DuPage and therefore created the FUEL Pantry.

“Many college students who experience food insecurity struggle to reach milestones such as year-to-year persistence and certificate or degree completion”---Higher Education Today

Who Can Use the Pantry? The FUEL food pantry is for all students, faculty, and staff facing food insecurity and in need of assistance. Our goal is to conveniently provide food for individuals on campus who may be food insecure. Students, faculty, and staff will need a valid College ID and complete a short registration form. No proof of need is necessary. Guidelines on how often an individual can visit and how much food can be received per visit are posted in the food pantry. 

Hours of Operation

Monday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*These hours are subject to change. If these hours do not meet your needs please email or stop by the Office of Student Life in Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1217 and talk to Shannon.

Donations   The FUEL Pantry accepts non-perishable food donations at any time of the year. Donations can be dropped off in the Phi Theta Kappa office in SSC 2212 or the Office of Student Life in SSC 1217. In addition, tax-deductible cash donations can be made through the COD Foundation.

Popular items include:

  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers

  • Beef jerky

  • Applesauce

  • Pudding

  • Fruit cups

  • Granola bars

  • Power bars

  • Cereal bars

  • Single serving Chef-Boy-R-Dee items

  • Ravioli/spaghettiOs

  • Soups

  • Ramen noodles

  • Packaged nuts

  • Trail mix

  • Fruit snacks

  • Dried fruits

  • Peanut butter

  • Any kind of pasta

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Canned vegetables and fruit

  • Packaged chips/pretzels/crackers

  • Boxed drinks and juices

  • Pop tarts

  • Oatmeal

  • Canned Tuna or chicken

  • Bags of rice or beans

  • Pancake mix

  • Macaroni and cheese

  • Jelly

Personal Care Items and Paper Products

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Soap

  • Plastic utensils

  • Paper towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toothpaste

Volunteers   The fuel pantry is always in need of volunteers for:

  • Staffing during open hours

  • Doing inventory and stocking shelves

  • Monitoring expiration dates

  • Marketing and promotion

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up. For questions or more information on the Fuel Pantry, email

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