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Friends of Swoop's March/April 2022 Newsletter


Keep Supporting Swoop's for March Giving Madness

Tournament Update 

This week, Give Rise Giving Madness Tournament donations advanced Swoop's Pantry to the Elite Eight! Thanks to Eastern Michigan University alumni, supporters, fans, and friends for their gifts and “votes” in our first round of the tournament!

We invite you to visit our tournament webpage to check out our Elite Eight standings and continue to support the fund closest to your heart by voting again! Click here to make a gift and vote for Swoop's Pantry!

Give Rise Giving Madness Tournament 2022

If Swoop's receives the most donations, the pantry will move on to the Final Four round of competition, and one step closer to becoming the 2022 Giving Madness Tournament Champion 

Please share your vote and the Giving Madness link on your personal social media accounts!

Swoop's Top 10 (items to donate):

Pet Food
School Supplies
Non-Dairy Milk
Baking Items
Pasta Sauce

Make an Online Gift

Donor Spotlight


Annette and David Johnson

By Alexander Scott and Providence Cantalamisa, BSW Interns

Annette Johnson, who attended EMU and graduated with a Masters degree in 1994 and her husband David have been longtime supporters of Swoop’s Food Pantry. Since graduation, Annette has stayed very close with EMU. With the goal of helping students, the Johnsons looked at different ways to support EMU students and felt that by working with Swoop’s they might reach as many students as possible. This led to forming the John and Angie Sabo Swoop's Food Pantry endowment. 

They chose to name the endowment after Annette’s parents to honor that they lived their lives doing whatever they could to help those who were  hungry. Her parents often said "No one should ever go hungry, ever". The Johnson’s said, "we were so committed to the success of the pantry we chose to create an endowment so the principal may grow over time yet allow the use of the annual investment income for operations and to grow the program." Over time, the endowment has grown along with the pantry and will continue to do so.  Swoop's Food Pantry thanks Annette and  David for all they have done to help students by creating a sustainable endowment and sharing information about the pantry with others.

To support this endowment visit: 


Swoop's Article of the Month!

Colleges all around the United States are working  to address food insecurity. One of the great things about most college campuses is that there are no qualifications other than being a student to use a campus pantry . At Swoop's, the mission is to provide food for everyone while also working to end the stigma of being a student who needs support. Check out this US News article  to learn about other ways that colleges, including EMU, are addressing issues related to making sure students have  access to food.

Team member of the month


The Team Member of the Month for March is Chas Higgins! Chas is a second-year Chemistry student at EMU. As one of Swoop’s team members, Chas helps make the pantry runs smoothly by helping shoppers and always keeping the shelves stocked. Chas was nominated for TMOTM for her support, up-beat attitude and willingness to help. 
Chas is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio and has a pet tortoise 
named Hank.


Clothing Closet 
Did you know that Swoop’s has a Clothing Closet? Here students can find gently used clothing, socks, personal bags, shoes and more. Here are items that Swoop’s shoppers love to see in the closet: 

  • Business Casual/Professional Attire
  • Everyday Clothing 
  • Winter Accessories (coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.)
  • Infant and children’s clothing
  • Gently used blankets
  • Socks

Swoop's Supporters:




To make a monetary gift online visit our EMU Foundation Website

Visit our Amazon Wishlist to have items shipped directly to the pantry! 

Winter 2022 Hours:

Monday 12:00-5:00pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12:00-6:30pm
Thursday 12:00-5:00pm
Friday 12:00-5:00pm
Located in the John and Angie Sabo
Swoop's Food Pantry Room 
104 Pierce Hall

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Swoop's Food Pantry
104 Pierce Hall


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