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Friends of Swoop's
December 2019/January 2020 

from the Swoop's Pantry team!


Winter Break
Swoop’s Pantry will be closed December 21-January 5 in observance of Winter Break. The pantry will reopen on Monday, January 6!

March Madness
Be on the lookout for more information about March Madness in February. For the fourth year in a row, Swoop’s Pantry will pit the non-academic building at EMU in a food drive competition during the month of March. Who will be the 2020 March Madness Champion?

Swoop's Top Ten
Here are the top ten items the pantry is in need of at the moment:
EMU Graduation Gowns
Baby Formula/Baby Food
Reusable bags
Large Beverages such as Juice, Gallon Water, 2-liter soft drinks
Cat Food
Large and Small Snacks
Feminine Hygiene Products
Winter Accessories
Empty Egg Cartons to repackage eggs

To make a monetary gift, visit our Foundation Site

Swoop’s Fast Facts

During the Fall semester…

There were 2,143 visits to the pantry and...

36,760 pounds were distributed to students as a result of your generosity!

Thank you to our team members who run the pantry and to our advisory board for being major advocates for the pantry. Your hard work and dedication has made a BIG IMPACT!

Swoop’s Fall 2019 Recap

Fresh Thyme Drive

We would like to thank Fresh Thyme Market in Ypsilanti for collaborating with Swoop’s during November on a store-wide food drive. Also, thank you to our student volunteers who passed out fliers, collected monetary donations, and educated the community about the pantry. Because of this involvement, a variety of items were collected from generous customers shopping at the store. 



Pie for Swoop’s at Sweetwaters
On First Friday in November, patrons at Sweetwaters were encouraged to donate to Swoop’s for a chance to pie Mayor of Ypsilanti, Beth Bashert. Thank you to the store owner, Paul Ajlouny, and store managers, Tiffany Taylor and Katie Totedo, for their hard work in planning and hosting such an awesome event. Furthermore, Thank you to Mayor Bashert for volunteering to be pied!


Thanksgiving and Holiday Baskets
This year, Swoop’s provided 51 Thanksgiving Baskets and 50 Holiday Baskets to students who indicated need. With the support of our donors, 101 very grateful students received a Turkey or Ham along with vegetables, sides, desserts and more!

Giving Trueday 2019
Giving Trueday 2019 kicked off on December 3rd. This year, Swoop's challenged donors to donate bags of food to hungry students right here at EMU. In 2 weeks, $1,700 were donated. There is still time to help the pantry reach its $2,500 goal! Visit our page here.

A2Y Chamber Gala
On Thursday, December 5th our faculty advisor, Julie Harkema, and our Graduate Assistant, Joelle Summers, attended the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Chamber Year-End Gala. Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for Swoop’s Pantry and Food Gatherers. Thank you for stocking our shelves with such a variety of items.

Team Member of the Month
October 2019
Carly Buchbinder

Carly earned this award for jumping into the pantry as an enthusiastic team member. She is always cheery and there to help in any way she can. 
Team Member of the Month
November 2019

Jon Jaber
Jon earned this award for always stopping in the pantry to help out, even when he is not scheduled. He is so eager to assist and Swoop's appreciate that.
Contact Us
Swoop's Food Pantry
104 Pierce Hall
(located in the John and Angie Sabo Room)

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