The Saluki Food Pantry provides food assistance to students in times of need, helping them to stay in school and meet their educational goals.
Mission Statement: Develop and sustain a food pantry on the campus at SIU Carbondale to serve food insecure students. The food pantry will provide an opportunity for SIU students to serve other students and engage in conversations and solutions around food insecurity.
Where is the Saluki Food Pantry located? The Saluki Food Pantry is located on the Lower Level of the Student Center. The easiest way to the food pantry is to take the stairs/elevator, next to Starbucks, down to the Lower Level. Once on the Lower Level, walk straight ahead and you’ll see it on your right. Floor Map
Who may use the food pantry? The pantry is available to any student with a valid SIU ID.
How much do items at the food pantry cost? Nothing! All items are free to our guests.
How much food does an individual receive? Students visiting the Saluki Food Pantry receive enough food for each family member residing in their household to eat for approximately 3 days.
What items are available? Non-perishable food items and toiletries.
First Time Use Application If you are new to the Saluki Food Pantry you will be asked to fill out a short survey on your first visit. The information provided on this form will only be seen by the staff responsible for the food pantry and used for internal reporting. Personal information will be kept confidential and only statistical information will be used. To save time, you may fill out this form online which is submitted directly to the Food Pantry.
Want to donate? Awesome! Food donations can be brought to the Saluki Food Pantry during business hours. After hours, donations can be taken to the Sustainability Hub located by the north entrance of the Student Center or to the Student Center Administration Office located on the second floor.
Our current needs are listed from what we need the MOST: 1 Pasta (penne, shells, spaghetti, and other assorted pastas, hamburger helper meals) 2 Canned Meats (Tuna, Vienna Sausages, Chicken) 3 Breakfast Items (cereal, instant oatmeal, etc.) 4 Canned Beans (Black Beans, Pinto Beans, etc.) 5 Canned Fruit (preferably in water or juice) 6 Macaroni & Cheese 7 Canned Vegetables (corn, carrots, peas) – Please note that we currently have a surplus of green beans. Though we appreciate them, the items at the top of this list are a higher priority. 8 Tomato Sauce/Diced Tomato's/Spaghetti Sauce 9 Canned Soups 10 Ramen Noodles 11 Peanut Butter 12 Rice (dry white rice, dry brown rice, rice-a-roni, instant)
The Saluki Food Pantry, located in the Student Center on the campus at SIU Carbondale, was established to serve our student population affected by food insecurities. Donation opportunities through the SIU Foundation, a 501 ( c) (3) organization help support the Saluki Food Pantry in assisting students in times of need, helping them to stay in school and meet their educational goals. You can make a secure online contribution by entering an amount in the box below and clicking on the “Continue” button on this page, which will take you to the SIU Foundation’s online giving page.
There are two ways to get involved in the Saluki Food Pantry. The first is by volunteering to work in the Food Pantry which would include helping students fill out form to receive items and inventorying donations. The second way to get involved is to host a food drive either through an organization that you’re involved with or by soliciting donations outside of a local grocery store. You can get more information on both involvement opportunities by emailing the food pantry.
Social Security Administration 250 W. Cherry Street Room 104 • Carbondale, IL • 618-457-3666 or 800-772-1213 • Social Security card, SSI, and SSD • Serving Alexander, Jackson, Perry, Pulaski and Union Counties
Murphysboro Food Pantry 906 N 14th Street • Murphysboro, IL • 618-684-8258 • 9am-11am Mon-Fri; Can be accessed once per month. Transportation provided at 8:30am, 9am, 12pm, 2pm Mon-Fri at Carbondale Township, 217 E. Main Street by Jackson County Mass Transit, 618-549-0304. Includes curb-side drop off.
Matthew 25 Food Pantry Carbondale Church of God • 1461 County Line Road (Rte 13 East) • 618-457-6634 • 9am-12pm, on 1st and 3rd Thursdays
WESLEY Foundation Food Pantry 816 S. Illinois Avenue • Carbondale, IL 62901• 618-457-8165 (Sherry Smedshammer) Wednesday 1pm - 4:30pm weekly. Open times may change each semester • SIU & JALC Students only - must present school ID or class schedule • Can receive two bags of non-perishable groceries
Student Health Services 618-453-3311 • All SIU students are eligible to use the Student Health Service at SIU for a nominal fee. 618-453-3311 • Counseling and Psychological Services located on the 2nd floor of the Student Health Center.
Williamson County Family Crisis Center • 514 N 18th St • Herrin, IL • 618-988-8020
The Women’s Center 610 S. Thompson Street • Carbondale, IL • 618-549-4807 • Shelter for women & children; adult & child counseling; rape crises services; domestic violence victim services
Housing – Low-Income
Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless 801 N. Market Street • Marion, IL • 618-993-0094 • Low-income & transitional housing, home-buying assistance, supportive services. Open to those with disabilities, ex-felons, and those with HIV/AIDS.
Carbondale Towers 703 S. Rawlings St • Carbondale, IL • 618-529-3371 • Income-based public housing for those 62+ and all ages with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.
The Fields Apartments (HFDA) 700 S. Lewis Lane • Carbondale, IL • 847-498-4848
SCBC Prescription Advocacy 888-331-1002 (enrollment) • Helps lower income patients with their medication and provides case management and patient advocacy
Simple Fill Prescription Assistance 877-386-0206 (enrollment) • Helps patients with their prescription coverage if they are uninsured or underinsured. Must meet income qualifications, which are anywhere from 200% to 400% above the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Carbondale Township Relief Office 618-457-3366 217 • E. Main Street • Carbondale, IL • Help to single adults with no dependents with rent, utilities, medications, food and laundry vouchers. Must be a Carbondale Resident.
Carbondale Memorial Hospital Memorial Hospital of Carbondale • Conference Rooms 1C or DEF • Carbondale, IL • 618-549-0721 • Classes for childbirth and newborns.
WIC Office 415 Health Department Rd • Murphysboro, IL • 618-684-3143 • Nutrition Education, supplemental foods and health care referrals for income qualifying pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum woman and infants/children up to age 5.
Saluki Express Carbondale:618-453-5749 Call Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4:30pm Fixed routes and times in Carbondale Monday thru Friday from 7am and end depending on route and whether SIUC is in session. Students must show current student ID; non-students may buy a monthly pass or pay a $1 per ride fee.
MedTrans 844-220-1243 $2; free for Medicaid recipients, notice required
Jackson County Mass Transit District 618-549-0304 7am–5pm Mon-Fri. Advanced Notice Required. $2, Seniors (60+) $1, Children (ages 6-15) $1, Child age 0-5 Free if accompanied by paying adult. Regular routes and curbside drop-off.
Carbondale Township 217 E. Main Street • Carbondale, IL • 618-457-3366 • Mon-Fri, there are four pick up times: 8:30am, 9am, 12pm, 2pm. Free rides to Murphysboro Food Pantry, Jackson County Health Dept, IDHS (public aid), Western Egyptian (energy & housing assistance), Jackson County Probation Office
Amtrack 800-872-7245 • 401 Illinois Ave. Carbondale, IL
Greyhound 618-457-3388 • 401 Illinois Ave Carbondale, IL
Ace Taxi, LLC 618-549-8294 • Ride fees vary from $4-$8
All Aboard Jet Taxi 618-964-4412 • $5 local plus $1 for extra passenger Murphysboro 618-684-3183
Night Safety Transit Night Safety Transit: 618/715-0770 Monday-Thursday: 8pm-12am Friday-Saturday: 8pm-2am
Western Egyptian E.O.C. 684-3341 Murphysboro; 351-1021 Carbondale Some assistance available with utilities. Program starts in October and money usually runs out by June.