Food and Nutrition

Food Assistance and Well-Being Programs

Campus Recreation
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
201 East Peabody Drive, Suite 1430, MC-556, Champaign

Our programs are focused on engaging, educating, providing, utilizing, connecting and demonstrating diverse student wellness with nutrition and food. With an instructional kitchen, nutritional coaching and Get Fresh!, we offer programming to help cultivate health habits (check out these recipes). You can schedule your instructional cooking class here. You can even leave the meal planning behind and grab a meal kit from the Instructional Kitchen through Illini Eats.

Visit Campus Recreation’s website or contact Member Services (217-333-3806 or for specific information if membership is required.

Get Fresh

Get Fresh!
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
201 East Peabody Drive
Suite 1430, MC-556, Champaign

Get Fresh! is extremely cost-effective for students, faculty, and staff. This program is offered through a collaboration between Student Wellness, McKinley Health Center, and Student Sustainable Farm. Participants can pick up their reusable Get Fresh! tote of seasonal fruit and vegetables every Tuesday of the program between 1 pm and 4 pm in the ARC Instructional Kitchen. Included in the pick up will be recipes and educational resources for participants to enjoy.

Learn more about Get Fresh.

Instructional Cooking

Instructional Cooking Classes
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
201 East Peabody Drive, Suite 1430, MC-556, Champaign

Try a variety of classes learning how to cook, bake, and enjoy new recipes by taking an Instructional Cooking Class.

Check the Instructional Kitchen Calendar for Tasting Thursdays, a program where you can sample delicious food from the Instructional Kitchen and learn tips on how to keep up great wellness habits.

Looking to host a fun team-building event, wellness workshop, or cooking class? Schedule an Instructional Cooking Class! The ARC Instructional Kitchen is the place. The kitchen was renovated in 2020 with the help of American Campus to include a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, group stations, and an increased capacity of up to 50 patrons. Due to the pandemic, capacity is currently set to 10 individuals. The Instructional Kitchen looks forward to hosting your next large gathering in the future.

Learn more about Instructional Cooking Classes.

Nutrition Coaching

Nutrition Coaching
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
201 East Peabody Drive, Suite 1430, MC-556, Champaign

Our staff of dietetic, food science and human nutrition students under the guidance of two Registered Dietitians from McKinley Health Center oversee peer dietetic students to inform and develop ways to help patrons reach their wellness goals.

Learn more about Nutrition Coaching.

Everybody Eats Program

The Everybody Eats program is an initiative to ensure those in our Illini community have access to a hot meal and are provided with adequate nutrition.

Bevier Café
260 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana
Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. when classes are in session
Dine-in, carry out or contactless online ordering

No matter how much or how little you give; everyone has a place at our table. Order from the daily menu, then choose how you’d want to pay; pay the menu price, pay what you can, pay more or pay it forward.

University Housing
Food is service at two hot box locations, please email
Your email will generate an autoreply with specific hot box instructions.
Sunday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or until the food runs out
Carry out only

Supporting our Illini community one hot meal at a time by visiting one of the two designated hot box locations and help yourself to the daily soup and rice. This is completely free, no ID required.