Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

The purpose of this strategic plan is to guide the Huskie Food Pantry staff and Advisory Council as they strive to support the vision and mission of the Huskie Food Pantry. Each year, the Huskie Food Pantry staff will present progress made toward the goals and objectives in the form of an annual report.


Build Sustainable Collaborative Relationships

Utilize campus, community, and corporate partnerships to establish relationships, which will allow the pantry to be more financially and environmentally sustainable.


  • Reach out to Northern Illinois Food Bank and establish relationship
  • Establish corporate relationships through Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Direct Connect program and proactive relationship-building
  • Reach out to Food Recovery Network and establish relationship
  • Partner with Campus Dining Services to establish consistent methods by which food can be rescued and utilized in the food pantry
  • Work with Communiversity Gardens to review and maximize partnership
  • Identify appropriate NIU and community organizations to assist in determining the best methods by which to garner funding for the food pantry
  • Build relationships with student organizations to establish reliable volunteer support base
  • Identify grant opportunities to support capacity building and other initiatives

Provide Resources to Students Experiencing Food Insecurity

Ensure that the population of food insecure students’ needs are being met through the provision of physical and emotional educational resources, which will assist in alleviating their food insecurity.


  • Create and conduct survey to identify estimated size of food insecure population at NIU, coping strategies they utilize and the best way to reach these students annually
  • Research additional physical, emotional and resource-related coping strategies available to those who experience food insecurity and develop education plan which includes other university resources
  • Review and analyze survey results to modify pantry to meet the needs of current students
  • Review strategic plan and modify to align with findings of survey
  • Implement advisory council recommendations based on findings of survey

Provide Service and Experiential Learning Opportunities To NIU Students

Utilize the Huskie Food Pantry to provide students with service and experiential learning opportunities geared toward student career success.


  • Host internship positions to sustain basic operations of Huskie Food Pantry
  • Work with Nutrition and Dietetics program to facilitate recurring learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Collaborate with Campus Dining Services nutrition student interns to order and highlight healthy foods in the pantry
  • Create and implement co-curricular service-learning for volunteers to integrate into pantry nights
  • Encourage students to complete mutually beneficial research projects
  • Connect students with resources which will enhance their research experience and opportunities
  • Encourage students to present research findings via local, regional and national professional organizations and events
  • Identify additional academic partnerships that will provide mutually beneficial opportunities for the Huskie Food Pantry and students

Optimize Pantry Operations

Determine the most efficient way in which to provide pantry services to NIU students


  • Create stream-lined system to manage food/item donation drives
  • Review and update volunteer orientation and pantry processes
  • Determine assessment cycle for continuous improvement within the Huskie Food Pantry
  • Review current capacity and determine facility and equipment needs Create Huskie Food Pantry capacity building plan

Contact Us

Huskie Food Pantry

Located in the Chick Evans Field House on the south side of the building, across from Graham and Gabel halls.