Student Food Pantry

The JCU Food Pantry was established to support students who found themselves in financial hardship when businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food Pantry provides non-perishable food and essential items to assist students in the JCU community suffering financial hardship. Students in need are able to access a pantry of goods to help them with basic necessities in these difficult times.

The Food Pantry is facilitated by the JCU International Support Team and is open to all JCU students who are experiencing financial hardship.

Thank you for supporting the JCU Student Food Pantry
JCU students have been hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions, so the JCU International Student Support team established a food pantry. This video is a thank you to everybody who has supported the food pantry.

The Food Pantry was established to support students who found themselves in financial hardship after businesses were asked to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the first two weeks of operations the Pantry helped over 450 students with groceries and essential items.

Many of these students had lost jobs or support from families because of business closures.

100% of donations go towards stocking the pantry shelves and your support will help students in need.

The Food Pantry was established in April 2020 on campus in Townsville and Cairns to provide immediate assistance to all students impacted by sudden loss of work after businesses shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food Pantries were implemented by JCU's International Student Support Team as a way to support International students who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  Often they are cut off from family support, are heavily impacted by job losses while paying high tuition fees and living expenses, and are not eligible for Australian Government assistance.

Because of the generosity of the JCU community the Food Pantries are now open to all students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

100% of donations towards the Food Pantry go towards purchasing food to stock their shelves. Food items include: Non-perishable food items like canned fruit, vegetables, beans, tinned tuna, pasta, noodles, rice, soup, sauces, meal packets, cereal, oats, UHT milk and flour.  Sanitary items like pads, tampons, soap, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and conditioner and toilet paper.

More information about the pantries can be found on JCU's Student Success Support Package website.

James Cook University is an Australian registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which means donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.