Wesley Food Pantry

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About Us

Mission

Our mission is to alleviate food insecurity in our community one student/family at a time by providing them with one week’s worth of nutritious groceries.

The Wesley Food Pantry is unique in a number of important ways.

  • We are a Choice model pantry. Clients are allowed to choose the food items that best suits their families’ needs. We do not distribute prepacked grocery bags unless the clients request them.
  • We strive to address the root causes of food insecurity by providing our clients with health, education, employment, and social services information and referrals.
  • We promote childhood literacy by giving each child 2 books to take home. We distribute over 100 children's books every month. Additionally, we provide the children with crafts and activities.

In the fall of 2013, the Wesley Food Pantry opened a student-only location at Parkland College. In the fall of 2014, the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland was opened to the public as a USDA commodity pantry. 

Hours and Location

  • Parkland College "M" Building in room M138 (near the Staerkel Planetarium; park in the M1 lot, enter through the outside of the building)
  • Every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10:00am to noon

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FAQ

Students-

Are you not sure how you are going to pay for tuition, books, rent, and groceries? 

Then visit the Wesley Food Pantry in M-138.

Do I qualify for food assistance?

The pantry is here to provide groceries to those without the means to meet their family’s food needs. Clients are asked to confirm that their income falls below 185% of the federal poverty level, but no proof of income is currently required. Please refer to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to see if you qualify for food assistance.

Household Size 
Tamaño del Hogar

Maximum Monthly Gross Income
Ingreso Bruto Máximo Mensual

1

$ 1,859

2

$ 2,503

3

$ 3,148

4

$ 3,792

5

$ 4,436

6

$ 5,081

7

$ 5,725

8

$ 6,370

How often can I visit?

Option 1:

You may visit our Evening Pantry at Wesley once a month and our Parkland Pantry, in Champaign, once a month.

OR

Option 2: 

You may visit our Parkland Pantry twice in a month but CANNOT visit the Evening Pantry at all during that same month.

Only one member from your household may visit the pantry.  


What documents do I have to bring?

Please bring photo identification, such as a driver’s license, State ID, Parkland student ID, etc.  Every visit you will need to show your photo identification and confirm that your household income is less the 185% of the federal poverty level. Please refer to the chart above.

What if I am unable to visit the pantry?

If you are unable to come to the pantry to pick up food, another person can pick up your food distribution on your behalf.

That person must bring a completed proxy form along with your photo identification. The proxy form is your authorizing signature. A new proxy form is required every time a food pick up is requested.


Volunteer Today!

Volunteers are the backbone of the Wesley Food Pantry. By generously giving of your time and talent, you can nourish and strengthen our community. Every month volunteers contribute hundreds of hours serving our neighbors in need. Come experience the joy of helping others while working alongside awesome people.
• Volunteer Opportunities: Sign-up to help out
• Questions? Email us at volunteer@wesleypantry.org

Student Internships

Build your resume, fight hunger! At the Wesley Food Pantry, we are committed to cultivating student leaders and putting social justice into action. Enhance your career skills by gaining professional experience. We have a variety of internships opportunities, with stipends available, including:
  • Fundraising Intern 
  • Social Media Intern 
  • Social Services Intern 
  • Operations Intern

For more information or to request an internship job description, please contact Katie Thomas at kthomas@wesleypantry.org


Contact us

Wesley Food Pantry
1203 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
info@wesleypantry.org
217-344-1120 (main office)


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