Food Resources for Students

On Campus:

The MSU Student Food Bank

  • Provides free food packages and other household items for students in need
  • Available to all MSU students and visiting scholars who are enrolled during fall and/or spring semesters

MSU Scholarship Database

  • Can be used as an additional financial resource to indirectly assist students who may be food insecure
  • Qualifications for each scholarship differ
  • Go to
  • Contact the office of financial aid at (517) 353-5940 or for further assistancee

Individual Nutrition Counseling (MSU Health Promotion)

Off Campus:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Food assistance program to help individuals purchase food
  • More information at Need Money for Food

Michigan 2-1-1

  • Find information about food assistance resources within the state of Michigan
  • Go to and enter the county where you are currently (MSU is in Ingham county) or dial 2-1-1 on your phone to find food assistance closest to you

Greater Lansing Food Bank

Allen Neighborhood Center Breadbasket Food Pantry

Southside Community Kitchen

  • Free lunch time meals with no prerequisites, qualifying questions, or documentation needed
  • When: Monday - Thursday from 11:30 - 12:15 PM
  • Where: St. Casimir's Holy Family Center, 800 West Barnes, Lansing, MI 48910
  • Website:

Holt Community Food Bank

  • Available to students who are permanent residents of Holt
  • A current state of Michigan photo ID or driver’s license with your Holt address is required as proof of residency and for all food pick ups
  • When: Wednesdays from 9AM to 11 AM call 517-694-9307 to schedule an appointment for certification
  • Pick-ups are scheduled monthly
  • Where: 2021 N. Aurelius Road, Holt, MI 48842
  • Website:

Haslett Food Pantry

  • Available for students who are residents in the area of the Haslett School District
  • When: By appointment only. Call 517-339-8383, extension 15 to schedule an appointment
  • Where: Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI 48840
  • Website:
Immediate Food Assistance
  • Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273). Information is available in English and Spanish. The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time


MyPlate Kitchen 

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  • Recipes, cookbooks, recipe videos, and more using the MyPlate framework. You can search for recipes by cost, ingredients, food groups, cuisine type, and many others

Cooking Matters 

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  • A collection of recipes that are cheap, easy to make, delicious and healthy. All recipes can feed a family of 4 for $10.00 or less

Budget Bytes 

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  • A wide variety of fun, simple, and cheap recipes with options to fit most diet preferences and eating styles

MSU Health4U Recipes