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Friends of Swoop's
April 2020 Newsletter


COVID-19 University Closure
Eastern Michigan University closed on March 11th, 2020 due to COVID-19. However, Swoop's is still open!  We will remain open Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-3:30pm until further notice! 

Prime Donation Hours
If you are considering donating items, stop by on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10am-12pm! 


May 5th, 2020 has been declared as #GivingTuesdayNow. Join us by considering a donation!

Swoop's Top Ten Current Needs

Large Snacks
Dish Soap
Ready-to-Eat Meals
Baby Formula
Gluten Free Pasta
Chicken Ramen

To make a monetary gift, visit our Foundation Site
How Are We Responding to this Difficult Time?

On April 24th, Governor Whitmer extended the state of emergency order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order, stated that food pantries are an essential service. In order to protect shoppers, staff, and our community safe, we have installed different protective measures:
1. Remote Grocery Pick-Up: Shoppers fill out a survey requesting different groceries and household items. After they submit their order, a team member will put together a grocery bag with their name on it and put it in the hallway outside of Swoop's. 

2. Limited Staff: For the time being, Swoop's is limited to four staff members per shift. This helps prevent/mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing points of contact. 
3. Personal Protective Wear: When working in the pantry, staff is provided or brings their own personal protective wear. 
This is Lee, Carly and Jon! Thanks to this stellar crew, shoppers are able to pick up groceries remotely! By following CDC guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and personal protective wear, the Swoop's community will remain healthy and nourished!

Our Community!
It's more imperative than ever to unite and support each other. Swoop's Food Pantry is able to continue to provide basic food needs and self care items thanks to our donors and supporters! Here are some direct quotes from our shoppers sharing how your donations have helped the EMU community
"Swoop's helped me get food in during a time when stores were low on supplies and money was tight due to not being able to work as much. Thank you so much for all the work you guys do and for those that support the pantry!"
"Thank you so much! My mom has a Compromised immune system so being able to get in my car, get food and then exit back at home decreases the chances of me getting the virus as well as my mom."

"Thank you for donating to Swoop’s Pantry! Your donations are greatly appreciated. It is a unique resource specific to EMU and it is definitely essential. I hope the pantry can keep growing and be a consistent and sustainable resource for EMU students. Thank you very much."

Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow!

The United Nations Foundation has declared May 5th, 2020 as #GivingTuesdayNow as an emergency response to COVID-19. We invite you to consider donating or giving to Swoop's Food Pantry on May 5th! You can help us reach our  goal of $10,000 on our crowdfunding page!

Contact us
Swoop's Food Pantry
104 Pierce Hall
Located in the John and Angie Sabo Room

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