Food and Housing Security

It is important that all students at Nebraska are ready to learn, so basic food and housing needs are important. Growing evidence suggests that food and housing insecurity compromises the well-being of college students all across the country. Below are some resources available to students experiencing food or housing insecurity. Emergency financial aid may be available to help students experiencing food or housing insecurity. If you are experiencing these issues, you can schedule an appointment with a specialist in the Husker Hub to discuss your situation. You can email huskerhub@unl.edu or call 402-472-2030.

Husker Pantry+

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It is important to know that though hunger and food insecurity are closely related, they are distinct concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level.

Nebraska offers a Husker Pantry+ for students experiencing food insecurity. Nearly 1 in 3 students on our campus worries about not having enough food until they get money to buy more. Husker Pantry, located on the 1st floor of the University Health Center (room 123), provides a one-stop location to assist students. By simply presenting their NCard, students can receive food and hygiene items for free. Information about community resources for housing and other food assistance programs also are available.

Visit https://pantry.unl.edu/ for more information including how to use the pantry, pantry hours, how to donate or volunteer, and contact information.

Ribbon Cutting at Husker Pantry.

Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

Housing insecurity is the lack of security in an individual shelter that is the result of high housing costs relative to income, poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, and/or homelessness.