The Store

About The Store:

The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University (GW) that is managed by the Store student organization and the Center for Student Engagement, providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Over the past couple of years, the awareness of this need has increased on college campuses as students make hard choices about how to spend their limited resources. The Store was founded on the principles of Faith, Trust, and Respect and these values guide our work every day.  Our mission is to address student need at GW by offering food and other resources to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

How it works:

Students who would like to access the pantry should complete the Store Access Request Form. Once a request has been submitted, we will contact students to let them know when they have access to the pantry.  We allow shoppers to remain completely anonymous out of respect for their privacy. This privacy extends to the shoppers’ experience in the Store as we do not staff it at any time.  We have faith that every shopper needs this resource and trust them to take what they need and leave enough for other shoppers.

Shoppers access the pantry by using their GWorld cards to tap into the Store and shoppers are free to choose from a variety of items that meet their needs. Once a shopper has made their selections, they are asked to record this on a computer so we have a sense of what our students prefer so we can stock the most popular and needed items.

Location:

District House Room B121
2121 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Hours of Operation:

Daily from 6:00 am to 2:00 am
Volunteers will be in the space from 12 noon – 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

How to Help:

Volunteer!

The Store would not be able to operate without the valued help of our volunteers and the Store student organization that recruits, trains, and manages our volunteers. Volunteers stock shelves, clean the Store, pick up and deliver food from our partners, and manage the overall upkeep of the Store. Volunteers are required to complete one Volunteer Training Session before they may begin work in order to learn more about us and how they can make a difference on campus. We welcome both student organizations and groups of students!

Sign up to volunteer today!

Donate:

Food Items:

The Store is a proud partner of the Capital Area Food Bank. If you are interested in donating food items to the Store, we kindly ask that you donate them to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Financial Donations:

The Store has been made possible through the generous philanthropic support of GW families, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends. We are extremely thankful for their support and welcome additional philanthropic donations to assist in providing this needed resource to GW students. Gifts will allow us to purchase fresh produce through Hungry Harvest and Whole Foods as well as supplemental resources from GroceryU and many of our other partners.

If you would like to provide philanthropic support of the Store, please donate through the university.

Other Donations:

If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to Colonial Crossroads on the 5th floor of the Marvin Center and leave them with the Front Desk.

Bags:

We are always in need of grocery bags for students to use when they visit the Store.

Kitchen supplies:

Many students need new or lightly used kitchen items to include:

  • Pots and pans
  • Spatulas, wooden spoons, etc.
  • Tupperware/gladware
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ziploc bags, etc.

School supplies:

  • Paper
  • Pencils and pens
  • Notebooks and binders
  • Post-Its, etc.

The Store in the News:

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered: George Washington University Opens Food Pantry For Students

The Washington Post: GWU, joining national movement, opens a food pantry to feed students in need

GW Today: Student-Run Food Pantry to Open at GW

The GW Hatchet: Food pantry strengthens GW’s focus on accessibility

Circa: This college opened a food pantry for students skipping meals to make ends meet

Inside Higher Ed: Battling Student Hunger

Contact Us:

Sarah Sem – The Store President
Saru Duckworth – The Store Vice President
Colleen Kelty – Store Co-Manager
Tim Miller – Store Co-Manager

Check out The Store’s End of Year Report