The SHOP has pre-packaged to-go-bags for the Summer. If you are in need of the SHOP over the summer please email A staff member will respond to you within 24 hours M-F to set up a pick up time.

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 foods, gently used clothing, and toiletries. This was a collaborative effort between students and areas on campus that recognized the growing need of food insecurity of 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, and is available to all SUNY Oswego students, faculty, and staff in need. Providing a private location in the center of campus allows any students—traditional and non-traditional—to utilize the pantry.

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

How it Works

Using the SHOP is easy, just bring your SUNY Oswego ID the first time you visit! Everyone who works for SHOP signs a confidentiality agreement, only the volunteer and SHOP Coordinator will know you used our services. There is no limit to how often you utilize the SHOP. We also have bags available for you if you need them!

Hours Spring 2020

Monday & Tuesday: 5pm-7pm

Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Friday: 11:30am-1pm

Saturday: 11am-1pm

Sunday: 11:30am-1:30pm

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 to setup a training time.

Make a Donation

Set up a time with Ariel Gutman by emailing SHOP or come during SHOP 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!


Number of people reached



Volunteer hours



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."


3 Penfield Library (Basement)
Phone: 315.312.2446

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