With support from the Lake Land College Foundation and its partnership with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Lake Land College is working to end food insecurity and hunger among our students and their families.
If you are a Lake Land College student, it is easy to obtain food through the Laker Food Pantry. Simply complete the Shopping List and return it as noted on the List. Food is available for same-day pick-up at the pantry or for next-day delivery to another location on campus.
Any current Lake Land College student who is in need is eligible to receive food by submitting the Shopping List. A student is asked to provide only basic information.
No income verification is required. The following defines who the pantry is designed to serve:
Yes. A staff member can help a student complete and submit the Shopping List and request that the food be delivered to their work area for the student to pick up, or the staff member can arrange to pick-up for the student.
The Laker Food Pantry focuses on providing non-perishable canned and dry goods that can be stored without refrigeration. Occasionally, special items like baked goods or fresh bread or produce may be available. When we get these items, we will contact students who have expressed interest through text or email.
The Eastern Illinois Foodbank website link “Where to find food” provides helpful information regarding locations and hours of food pantries throughout an 18 county area in Eastern Illinois.
You can contribute financially. 100% of our budget to purchase food comes from financial gifts made to the Lake Land College Foundation for this purpose. You may make a gift online. Just note the Laker Food Pantry in the description of your gift. You can make a one-time gift or set up recurring gifts through payroll deduction as an employee of Lake Land College by contacting the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Link here to make a gift online. You may also mail your gift to the Lake Land College Foundation at 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938
You can volunteer monthly to help unload the delivery truck and stock the shelves. Delivery and re-stocking is generally held the third Wednesday of each month from noon until done!
You can sponsor a food drive for specific items that are popular for students. If you are interested in donating items not on the list, please contact Sharon Uphoff, College Nurse, for additional information.