Important Updates:

Community resources do food giveaway events. For a more comprehensive County listing see resources for food in Oswego County.

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.

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

How it Works

SHOP is opening in person for the Fall 2021 semester! This is a walk-in and confidential. No appointments required.

If this is your first time using SHOP please fill out our new users form.

SHOP Pick-up Form-You can also place orders online and they will be filled within 48 hours and placed at the Online Orders table in the front of SHOP.

You can pick up these orders during SHOP's open hours. If you need to pick them up outside of those hours, contact the email.

Hours Fall 2021

Monday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday: By appointment

Anything outside of those hours, you can contact the email for further assistance.

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. 

Interested volunteers can fill out the SHOP volunteer form and it will be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator, Jake. You will get a response with further instruction from him within 48 hours.

Some roles for volunteers include:

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

Contact the SHOP at to setup a training time.

Make a Donation

Donations can be set up with Helena Buttons, through Donations can also be brought to SHOP during it's open hours. Donated 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.


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


Paper towels
Shampoo and conditioner 
Shaving cream

Our Impact!


People reached since start of COVID-19


Orders packaged and delivered since start of COVID-19

Please donate items or funds, or be a student volunteer!  

 Studies show that approximately half of two-year and four-year students are food insecure. SHOP and your actions can help meet the need.



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 business and Winter 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.

food spread

Taste of Home

What is your favorite, or most used, quick and easy dinner or lunch meal you'd love to share with oswego students? SHOP is starting a new program titled "Taste of Home", where we share a easy recipe every week introducing easy meals our users can make in their residence halls or kitchens with various SHOP products.

Thank You SHOP Donors and Volunteers!

Thank You SHOP Donors and Volunteers!

Since 2016, Students Helping Oz Peers (SHOP) has been helping SUNY Oswego students, faculty, and staff to fight food insecurity on our campus. In the past 5 years we have supplied over 1200 people with non-perishable food, toiletries, sexual and reproductive health products, winter and professional attire and more completely free of charge! In the Fall of 2021 semester we opened back up again in person and online after having been online exclusively in 2020. This year we are tracked to DOUBLE our usage record and that's thanks to the many donors and volunteers that have given to SHOP. On the behalf of the Advisory Board, Staff, and users of SHOP, we want to thank each and every person who donated goods, money, or time. Thank you!


SHOP & Swap Event

Have old clothes you might not need anymore? SHOP volunteers held a new event called "SHOP & Swap" to encourage people to swap their old clothing for something more essential for their professional needs. Organizers say this is for anyone looking to boost their professionalism when funds are limited. It will also help break the stigma when utilizing second hand shops when you're in need of clothing for such important events. Organizers say they hope this will create a more safe space for those in need.

*Clip provided by WTOP

“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."


3 Penfield Library (Basement)
Phone: 315.312.2446

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