Lending a Helping Hand

The Students Helping Oz Peers project—or SHOP for short—opened its pantry in October 2016 and provides campus members with non-perishable food items. SHOP is a collaborative effort between students, faculty, staff, and many others who recognize the need to address food insecurity among our students. 

SHOP also supplies various sexual health products to students for free.

SHOP is located in room 3 in the basement of Penfield Library. 

Please note: During the COVID pandemic, the SHOP will not be open to walk-ins and there will be no access to clothing until further notice. Food requests can be made on the SHOP Pick-Up Form and our student workers (volunteers) will gladly work to provide food items requested.

Shopping bag with a sock hanging out and a canned good and toothbrush with the word SHOP on the front

How it Works

SHOP will be an online pick-up service for the Fall 2020 semester.  We will not be taking walk-in appointments at this time.

Note: pickups will not be scheduled until after Monday, September 7th. If needed please contact the SHOP Coordinator, Colleen Sewall, by emailing shop@oswego.edu.

Hours Spring 2020

Monday: 5pm-7pm

Tuesday: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Wednesday: 12pm-2pm

Thursday: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Friday: 2pm-4pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 1pm-3pm

Give Time and Take Action

Volunteering offers vital help to the campus community. Through volunteering you can make new connections, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills, and discover hidden talents. Community service hours are IST/GST approved.

Some roles for volunteers include:

  • Provide services to students
  • Donation drives
  • Take care of donation items

Contact the SHOP at shop@oswego.edu to setup a training time.

Make a Donation

Set up a time with Colleen Sewall by emailing shop@oswego.eduDonated items can't be left outside of SHOP or dropped off at the library desk.

We Accept:

  • Non-perishable foods
  • Toiletries
  • Winter clothing (coats, hats/gloves, scarves and lightly used boots) and business attire
  • School supplies
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels

We Do Not Accept:

  • Bed sheets, bed toppers, pillows
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets, bath mats, towels
  • Underwear/undergarments
  • Socks, Worn Shoes
  • Cribs, car seats
  • Weapons
  • Perishable/expired foods and alcohol

Monetary Donations:

  • Auxiliary Services in 506 Culkin, for cash donations
  • Alumni page- Click the "Other" Box and select "The SUNY Oswego Food Pantry/Students Helping Oz Peers(SHOP)." 

What would you like to see at the SHOP? Be sure to fill out our questionnaire to let us know! Below is a list of items that are currently popular.

Food: 

Mac and cheese
Instant mash potatoes 
Chips (grab and go snacks)
Popcorn 
Pasta/Ramen noodles

Hygiene: 

Paper towels
Shampoo and conditioner 
Toothpaste
Razors 
Shaving cream

Our Impact!

120

Number of people reached

2018-2019

338

Volunteer hours

2018-2019

45

Number of food donations

2018-2019 *Not including drives

 A late 2017 study of more than 30,000 college students found that approximately half of two-year and four-year students are food insecure. Together we can help end food insecurity!

Our Campus Drives

Student placing clothes on rack

Clothing Drives:

Instead of discarding surplus clothing, you can now give them a second life. The clothing drive allows casual, seasonal, and business clothing items to be reworn and givien new purpose for the good of our cause and planet.

Thanksgiving basket text over wood background

Holiday Baskets:

For Thanksgiving break, The SHOP offers customized baskets for those who need a little extra hand during the holidays. 

University Police with donations in vehicle

Pack The Patrol Car:

UP parks their patrol car in the middle of campus to allow students on campus to pack their car with donations for The SHOP prior to the dodgeball tournament.

SHOP pantry meeting needs of campus

Working Together To End Food Insecurity

Student volunteers, faculty/staff, and donors all play an important role in our efforts to help those in need.

“True joy is never fully experienced, until one has practiced the art of giving.”

“Shop has given me the chance to keep give back, continue to open my eyes, and allow me to see the good in people.”

"Volunteering at SHOP has allowed me to interact with people from all walks of life."

"SHOP has given me a new outlook on the community, and realizing the importance of unity within the people here in Oswego."

"I like to pay it forward to the community where with a simple act of kindness, we can change the person's world. There's no better place to do it than being part of SHOP."

Contact

3 Penfield Library (Basement)
Phone: 315.312.2446
Email: shop@oswego.edu

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