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Friends of Swoop's October/November 2019


Upcoming events

Fresh Thyme Market Food Drive
November 3rd-23rd
2985 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Swoop’s and Fresh Thyme Market in Ypsilanti are collaborating again this year to host a food drive during the month of November, which coincides with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov 16-24). During the food drive, shoppers can help stock shelves by donating pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tortillas and more! Be sure to stop and meet our volunteers at the front of the store to learn more about Swoop’s. On November 23rd, help the drive will wrap up with a BBQ! All proceeds will help Swoop’s continue to stock the shelves and fill the fridges.

Thanksgiving Baskets and Holiday Baskets
Distribution: November 22
Distribution: December 13

This will be the 5th year that Swoop’s will distribute 50 Thanksgiving and 50 Holiday Baskets to shoppers complete with a turkey/ham, sides, and ingredients for dessert. You can help to reach this goal by donating items to fill the baskets. If you would like to donate, please visit Sign-up Genius:

Thanksgiving Basket Sign-up

Holiday Basket Sign-up

Donations will be accepted until November 18 for Thanksgiving Baskets and December 9th for Holiday Baskets. Donations can be brought to 104 Pierce Hall or the School of Social Work (319 Marshall).

Swoop’s Top 10

Here are the top ten items that Swoop’s needs at the moment:
Reusable bags
Laundry Detergent
Cat food (wet and dry)
Pasta Sauce
Panty Liners
Dish Soap
Coffee Creamer

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Team member of the month

Our Team Member of the Month for September is Scarlett Hayes! Scarlett is a second-year Social Work student here at EMU. As one of Swoop’s Team Leaders, Scarlett helps make sure that the pantry runs smoothly. Scarlett was nominated for TMOTM for her outstanding leadership demonstrated by orienting new Team Members. Scarlett is originally from the sunny state of California and enjoys bowling and playing games in her spare time. She also has a new cat named Stella. 

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
  • Winter Accessories (coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.)
  • Infant and children’s clothing
  • Gently used blankets
  • Socks

Fall Food Drives
A special thank you to the five colleges here at EMU for hosting Fall Food Drives during the month of December. Departments within each college competed head-to-head to see who could collect the most donations during their opening faculty meeting. In total, over 4,500 items were donated and $1,300 were raised in support of Swoop’s. Here are the winning departments for each college:

College of Business: Accounting and Finance
College of Engineering and Technology: Technology & Professional Services Management
College of Education: Teacher Education
College of Health and Human Services: Social Work


Thank you to every department that supported these events! Swoop’s appreciates your generosity in helping stock the shelves for those who utilize the pantry.

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Swoop's in the News

Thank you to Regent James Webb and his wife Cathy for their generous donation of 60 cases of soup! Read more about this donation here 

One-third of students are food insecure. How are our college campuses addressing their needs? Read more here.

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Swoop's Food Pantry
104 Pierce Hall

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