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March Madness is almost here!
Our annual food drive competition is back and this year we want it to be bigger than ever before!

Help your favorite building reach the 10,000 point goal by donating food, toiletries, and other items students need. All buildings that hit the goal by the end of March will be recognized.

It all starts on March 3 and runs until March 27. 

Get ready to donate!
Featured Stories
Let's meet the interns!
Meet Soo
Soo is a BSW senior at EMU and a BSW intern at Swoop's. In her free time, she enjoys embroidery and clay. She is also very passionate about sustainability.
Meet Kristina
Kristina is a senior at EMU double majoring in Social Work & Communications. In her free time, she enjoys photography.
Meet Jacob
Jacob is a BSW senior at EMU and is the housing insecurity intern at Swoop's. He loves folk music and in his free time he enjoys playing guitar.
Team Member of the Month for January was Jospeh Buchanan
Team Member of the Month for February is Torey Winchell
Thank you for all of your hard work!
Swoop's Top Ten
Most Needed Items
1.Reusable Bags
2.Empty Egg Cartons
4.Shampoo and Conditioner
5.Granola Bars
6.Beef Ramen
7.Condiments (Hot sauce, Ketchup, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing)
8.Can openers
9.Bus tokens

To make a monetary gift, visit our Foundation Site
Flashback: Swipe for Swoop's 

The idea for Swipes for Swoop’s originally came from EMU 2018 student government senator and Swoop’s volunteer, Lewis Jacques. Like most universities and colleges, EMU’s dining meal plans come with a declining balance component (known as “Flex Dollars” at EMU) for students to use on extra meals and convenience items at dining locations. For EMU students, these Flex Dollars must be used by the end of each academic year. After consulting with other students, Lewis discovered that many students reported having excess Flex Dollars that they had no use for and were going to go to waste as a result.

At the end of the 2018 Winter semester, students were encouraged to donate excess Flex Dollars at EMU Dining Services’ cash registers. The goal was set at $2,500 to provide 10 EMU students experiencing food insecurity with $200 Flex Meal Plans in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. With 448 participants, EMU met and exceeded this goal in one day, on April 9th, 2018, and raised $5,000 in Flex dollars, thus providing 25 students with $200 Flex dollars each. The generous response of EMU students is so moving and inspiring that Swoop’s Pantry and EMU Dining Services collaborated again in 2019 to make this campaign an annual tradition.

In April 2019, EMU Dining Services and Swoop’s Pantry set the goal to $5000 and EMU rose to the challenge! As a result, EMU Dining Services provided 25 installments of $200 Flex Dollars to Swoop’s Pantry users again in the 2019-2020 academic year utilizing a similar application process. This successful collaboration highlights the barriers many students face while earning their degree, and the willingness of students to assist their peers who are in need.

Look out for Swipe for Swoop's
this April!


Sending hearts to all of our supporters
Support also comes from Drake's Batter, Fresh Thyme, Chamber of Commerce, Growing Hope, and St. Lukes.
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Swoop's Food Pantry
104 Pierce Hall
(Located in the John and Angie Sabo Room)
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