Food Assistance (also known as SNAP): Depending on your situation, you may qualify for Food Assistance which could provide you with more long-term food support in the form of a monthly dollar amount which can be used at qualifying food locations.

Students may qualify for Food Assistance if they are a US Citizen or Green card holder for at least five (5) years and fulfill one or more of the following:

  • Have dependents
  • Work at least 20 hours a week
    • Due to expanded legislation, in place of the 20-hour workweek, students may now qualify if they:
      • Have $0 EFC or are work-study eligible
      • Are enrolled at least half-time
      • Meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP benefit criteria
  • Qualify for or currently working in a federal work-study position
  • Are disabled or temporarily disable and are unable to work

If you feel like one or more of those may apply to you and you wish to learn more, please email, and we can connect you with Lisa Spitler, our local Food Assistance Outreach Specialist. Applying does not cost you anything, and it usually only takes a few minutes of your time.

How to Apply for Food Assistance:

The SNAP Hotline can help you determine whether you qualify for SNAP, and help with your application for SNAP benefits. You can access the hotline by phone at 1-855-944-FOOD (3663) or at You can also apply for SNAP and other helpful programs on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.

Hawkeye Meal Share is an initiative that allows students to donate their unused guest meal swipes online to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in need at the University of Iowa.

hawkeye meal share


Free Food at Iowa Facebook Page: Food insecurity and food waste are common on college campuses, including the University of Iowa. We want to remedy this discrepancy by spreading awareness about free food on campus. Whether you're promoting an event with free food or have leftovers that you'd like students to come to pick up, this group is for you. Anyone is welcome to join the group and post about opportunities. Learn more HERE.

STEPS Guide –– Resources & Support to Promote Food Security: Are you looking to receive food assistance, but you don't know where to start? Are you interested in learning more about food insecurity? This LINK provides excellent information about food assistance programs within the United States!