Food Assistance

Backpack Program

A free and confidential service, The Backpack Program is a student-led effort to provide support to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items. After filling out an intake form, students will be able to pick up a few days-worth of groceries and additional personal products. No student will be turned away.


For information about hosting a food drive or volunteering, please see the Support Our Programs page.

Mashuda Hall
1918 W. Wisconsin Avenue | East entrance


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families. The food and nutrition service works with state agencies, nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can access benefits. 


St. Ben's Community Meal

St. Ben’s Community Meal site serves a hot, home-made dinner six nights a week, Sunday to Friday, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. More than 90,000 meals are served each year. All are welcome and are considered family in a community that shares a warm, safe environment.


The Gathering

Our Community Meal Program is the heart and soul of the Gathering’s mission. Ten/eleven free home-cooked meals are prepared and served each week spread across four Milwaukee locations. All meals are cooked fresh on site. 98% of direct service work is done by 1,500 to 2,000 volunteers annually. 


Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

The Neighborhood House Food Pantry provides emergency food for families and individuals in the 53208 and 53233 area. They are a walk-up food pantry so, no appointment is needed. All you need to bring is a form of photo identification and proof of address in our service area zip codes 53208 and 53233


Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 4 to  6 p.m.


2-1-1 Social Services Hotline

The 211 social services hotline available for all Milwaukee area residents can be called at no charge 24 hours a day. The service is similar to the 911 network that can be called in case of police, fire and medical emergencies. Operators will provide callers with information on a wide variety of non-emergency family, financial, health and social service issues.

Simply call 211 to get help with life. To call using a cell phone, dial (414) 773-0211.