One of the biggest stressors that college students face is dealing with money. The best discovery I made this year that has helped relieve some of that stress is was Swoop’s Pantry. For those of you who don’t know what Swoop’s Pantry is, it is a food pantry run by EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers.
The basic mission of the pantry is to provide food and other essentials assistance to current EMU students. It is a way for students who have trouble paying for groceries each month can come to the pantry and get groceries for free. To read more about their mission feel free to check out their website.
Swoop’s Food Pantry is located in Pierce Hall, on the 1st floor. The set-up is super easy; all you do is walk in, fill out a quick online form to prove that you are a current EMU student, and then you start shopping!
The pantry has shelves and shelves of fresh produce, meats and poultries, canned foods, grains, and desserts. There are even shelves for free toiletries and kitchen supplies. EMU students in need can come to Swoop’s Food Pantry, sign in, and pick up reusable fabric bags to fill with foods and supplies. Students are allowed to visit Swoop’s twice a month, but if on a dire circumstance, three times a month.
The food for the pantry is half donated, half bought by the program. Donations come from awesome local non-profits, including Growing Hope, who provides organically and locally grown produce to the pantry. If you want to donate, or know somebody who wants to, donations are always appreciated!
Swoop’s Food Pantry is even open up during the summer. If you’re an EMU student in need or have the completely normal stress of trying to stock groceries for yourself, you should definitely check out this amazing, on-campus resource.
The hours are Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Check out Swoop’s Food Pantry and let us know what you think!