Nourishing Our Students

Are you or one of your friends experiencing hunger on campus? Unfortunately, you're not alone. In a 2018 study of Marquette students, one-in-five students were identified as having experienced food insecurity during the past school year.

It is important to us that all Marquette students have the basic resources that allow them to focus on their education. There are many resources on and off campus to support students who don't have enough to eat.

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program is Marquette's on-campus food pantry that provides groceries and necessary toiletries to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items. After registering in person, students will be able to shop for a few days-worth of groceries including fresh produce, frozen meat and non-perishables and additional personal products. There are no requirements to use this free and confidential resource and no student will be turned away.



Students may shop once a week at the pantry. Students’ information will be kept confidential throughout the process.

To register, please visit the Backpack Program during our open hours, listed in the sidebar on the right.

The Backpack Program is run by a small group of MU faculty, staff and students. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

swipe out hunger logo

Swipe Out Hunger Marquette is a partnership with Student Affairs, Marquette Dining Services, MUSG and the Backpack Program to provide meal swipes to students. Due to the limited number of meal swipes available, the application is only open at the beginning of the semester and eligible students are randomly selected. The application will reopen next semester and will be sent to financially eligible students (based on the Net Price Calculator and FAFSA) from the Office of Financial Aid.


Clothing and Other Resources:

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Re-Wear It MU

Creating community and encouraging a sustainable fashion industry through pop-up clothing swaps on campus. Follow their instagram here!

MarKept Move-Out

MarKept Move-Out seeks to give new life to gently used goods by offering an on-site yard sale during student move-in at a drastically reduced price. Items include clothing, home decor, electronics, school supplies, small kitchen appliances and so much more. Find more information here.

Additional Support Across Campus:

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The Counseling Center | Holthusen Hall, 2nd Floor

People who experience food insecurity may be facing other life stressors as well that can affect their emotional health. The Counseling Center is a service that supports students in addressing any type of emotional health concern.

Center for Intercultural Engagement | Alumni Memorial Union 111

The CEI is dedicated to promoting the engagement, well-being and holistic growth of our underrepresented and historically marginalized students. They are committed to providing resources, education and advocacy that support retention, uphold justice, encourage leadership development and celebrate diversity in accordance with our Jesuit values.

Office of Student Development | Alumni Memorial Union 329

The staff in the Office of Student Development serve as educators, advisers, program planners and event coordinators, who are available to help you make the most of your college experience.

The Care Team is a cross-functional team that assess, refers and/or responds to students identified as demonstrating emotional distress in a coordinated and comprehensive manner with dignity and respect, to help them succeed and to ensure the safety of the university community as a whole.

Campus Ministry | Alumni Memorial Union 236

Campus Ministry provides care and support for graduate students, grief, LGBTQ and allied students, pastoral care, pregnancy, spritual direction, and more.

LGTBQ Resource Center | Alumni Memorial Union 140

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center is focused on support and advocacy for the needs of our students, staff, and faculty with gender, romantic, and sexual minority identities.

The Wellness center provides education and empowerment of the eigh dimensions of wellness, advocacy services, alchohol and other drug health promotion initiatives, and mental health programming.


Other food resources:

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FoodShare is the food stamp program that helps low-income Wisconsin families and individuals procure healthy food to prepare at home. Visit this website to review eligibility requirements and application instructions.


2-1-1 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area including health, housing, food, mental health resources and more.


Pantries and Community Meals

The area surrounding Marquette has many meal programs and pantries that are discreet and respectful. If you are worried about being self-conscious, know that at some of these sites, student volunteers routinely enjoy a meal alongside guests.

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Local Food Pantries

Friedens Community Ministries
1220 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53205 (main location)
Monday through Friday | 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

House of Peace
1702 W Walnut St, Milwaukee, WI 53205
Monday through Friday | 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
(414) 933-1300

Redeemer Food Pantry
1905 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Thursdays | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

St. Rose Food Pantry

3005 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Second and fourth Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Community Meal Programs

The Gathering
Various locations
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
See website for locations and times.

St. Ben's Community Meal
930 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 (entrance is at the St. Anthony's apartments on the lower level of St. Benedict the Moor Church)
Sunday through Friday | 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Noon Run Community Lunch (Open to all)
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1905 W Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Sundays | 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Many Thanks to Our Generous Donors!

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  • Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors
  • Pick 'n Save
  • Family Dental Practice (Watertown, WI)
  • Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Employees
  • 707 HUB
  • Calley Hostad
  • Judy & Rock Evenson
  • Chelsey & Michael Harvey
  • Jackie & Ed Brozynski
  • Maria Cooper
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • Marquette University College of Education Faculty and Staff
  • Marquette University College of Nursing Faculty and Staff
  • Marquette University Marquette Central Staff
  • Marquette University Police Department
  • Marquette University Spirit Shop

Thank you also to all those who have purchased McCormick Hall memorabilia as the proceeds from those sales went directly to this program.