Please also see SNAP Benefits.
The Student Food Pantry
The Student Food Pantry provides free supplemental food for college students in the greater Eugene area. Depending upon availability, this may include canned fruits and vegetables; frozen vegetables and fresh vegetables; bread, rice, pasta, and cereal; canned beans, soups, and other protein sources; dairy products; frozen meats and meat substitutes.
Fall Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:00–6:00 p.m. (beginning September 27, 2023)
Location: 710 E. 17th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
Bring: bag for food; a student ID card is not needed, but be sure to know your student ID number (95#).
Trillium Produce Plus Produce Drop
Trillium Produce Plus Produce Drops are like a weekly pop-up farmer’s stand, but everything is free to eligible students and their families. Just fill a bag with produce, bread, water bottles, toilet paper, and other supplies.
Location: EMU Amphitheater
Bring: student ID; bag for your produce
Ducks Feeding Ducks
The Ducks Feeding Ducks program transfers $10 into a student’s Duck Bucks account if they meet specific criteria. You’ll have three days to use those funds at a campus eatery that accepts Duck Bucks including GrubHub.
The Leftover Textover program alerts current UO students via text message when leftover, free food is available on campus. These leftover portions come from campus events where food was ordered from UO Catering, but not all of it was consumed.
Bring: container for food
Duck Nest and Duck Rides Grocery Shuttle
The Grocery Shuttle provides weekly rides to affordable grocery stores located farther away from campus. The shuttle will go to WinCo Foods on odd weeks of the term and Trader Joe’s on even weeks. Participants must reserve their spots in advance.
Location: EMU Amphitheater
Hearth and Table
Hearth and Table offers a free, chef-prepared, delicious, and nutritious weekly meal with two access points. Join other students for community-style dining at 6:30 p.m. or arrive between 6:45–7:30 p.m. to pick up a hot meal.
Location: Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.
International Students Lunch
International students and allies are invited to come to a free lunch every Friday from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Alpha Omega House. Food is sponsored by local churches in Eugene.
Location: Alpha Omega House, 1332 Kincaid St., Eugene, OR 97401
Additional Food Pantry Locations
The Oregon Food Finder is a database to search for free groceries, hot meals, and produce across Oregon. You can search by location, day, and type of food resource.
Food for Lane County also maintains a pantry directory with locations and hours for local food pantries.
Food Pantry Eligibility Requirements
(These eligibility requirements do not apply to the Student Food Pantry.)
Food boxes are available at the listed pantries for those who meet USDA eligibility requirements (based on income or food stamp eligibility/proof of address). A food box is a 3–5 day supply of healthy groceries. It is possible to get up to 18 food boxes per year.
- If you have a permanent address, you will be asked for proof of this (such as a utility bill).
- If you do not have proof of a permanent address or permanent residence, you can still receive food.
- You do not need to provide an ID, social security card, or any proof of income to receive food.
- You can still receive a monthly food box even if you already receive other benefits—such as food stamps or WIC.
Hot Meal Locations
Hot meal sites can be found in Eugene and beyond. You may visit meal sites as often as needed; identification is not required.
Additional Food Resources
The Dining Room
The Dining Room serves free sack lunches to anyone over 18 or children accompanied by a parent or guardian. The meal consists of a meat or vegetarian entrée, a potato or rice dish, vegetables, salad, dessert, and a beverage.
Location: 270 West Eighth Ave., Eugene (between Lincoln and Charnelton)
Eugene Community Fridges
Community Fridges are sites where people can share food to reduce waste. You can stop by the two fridges in Eugene anytime to pick up or drop off food.
Locations: 1790 Alder St. and 870 W 16th Ave.
Burrito Brigade is a nonprofit whose mission is to feed the hungry and unhoused in Oregon by delivering vegan meals for free. They distribute meals every Saturday and Sunday, manage little free pantries across Eugene, and provide food boxes.
Trillium Produce Plus
Trillium Produce Plus is a Food for Lane County program that provides fruits and vegetables at community and neighborhood locations. The produce is free for those living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Location: Bethel Farm
Catholic Community Services
These pantries provide free food boxes for pick up three times a week for anyone who needs it.
Locations: 1464 W 6th Ave. in Eugene; 1025 G St. in Springfield
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC provides finances for pregnant women, new mothers, young children, and others to purchase certain foods. Recipients must meet certain eligibility requirements. You can use a prescreening tool to see if you are eligible. International students may qualify.
Food Hero is a local collection of quick, tasty, healthy recipes and helpful tips on how to store different kinds of food and minimize food waste.
School Lunch Program and Free Summer Meals
The School Lunch Program benefits school-aged children by providing a nutritionally balanced lunch. Families can apply online or get paper applications at schools.
Location: 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310-0203