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 a free and confidential service that provides groceries 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. If you are a student who needs support in accessing nourishing food, please click on the link below.

Backpack Program Intake Form

Students may use the Backpack Program one time or on an ongoing weekly basis. Students’ information will be kept confidential throughout the process. Please fill out the appropriate form:

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

These campus offices can also provide additional support:

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

Office of Student Development | Alumni Memorial Union 121

Campus Ministry | Alumni Memorial Union 236

Other food resources:

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 Wisconsin
211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area.

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.

Just One More Ministries
located in Redeemer Lutheran Church
631 N 19th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
Chris Capper (262) 719-6886

The Open Door Cafe Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
831 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI  53202
Site is located on the 1st Floor of the Weakland Center; entrance is on Van Buren Street.
Sunday-Friday 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | (414) 276-9814
Currently offering a bagged lunch each day and a hot to-go lunch will be available on Thursdays while they last. 

House of Peace
1702 W Walnut St, Milwaukee, WI 53205
Monday through Friday | 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(414) 933-1300

Friedens Community Ministries
1220 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53205 (main location)
Monday through Friday | 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Broiann Pyant : (414) 289-6030

Community Meal Programs

The Gathering
The Gathering on State Street
924 W. State St.
Monday through Friday | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. (Breakfast)
Saturdays | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch)
See website for additional locations and times.

St. Ben's Community Meal
1015 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Sunday through Friday | 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Dave Schwab : (414) 271-0135 (x15)

Noon Run Community Lunch (Open to all)
Redeemer Lutheran Church
631 N 19th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
Sunday through Wednesday | noon – 1:00 p.m.

Gesu Parish Meal
1210 W. Michigan Ave (lower level of brick building)
First, Second, and Third Saturday of each month | 5:30 – 6:30
Eileen Ciezki (414) 288-7101

Many Thanks to Our Donors!

  • 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

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