The Store: GW's Food Pantry

 

Founded in 2017, The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University that is managed by The Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Recently, the awareness of this need has increased on college campuses as students make hard choices about how to spend their limited resources. The Store was founded on the principles of faith, trust, and respect, and these values guide our work every day. Our mission is to address student need at GW by offering food and other resources to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

 

Student putting boxes of food on a shelf

Foggy Bottom

District House Room B121
2121 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Hours of Operation:

The Store is open for the 2021-2022 academic year during building hours (7 days a week). For access, please visit the Store's application.

Monday - Friday: 7am - 11pm

Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 11pm

Fresh vegetables in a refridgerator

Mount Vernon Campus

West Hall B202
2100 Foxhall Road
Washington, D.C. 20007

Hours of Operation:

The Vern Store will re-open the week of August 23rd for the Fall 2021 semester. For access, please visit the Store's application.

Monday - Friday: 7am - 11pm

Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 11pm

Shopper Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any background checks?

The Store does NOT conduct any background checks of your financial or conduct history. Any individual in the GW community can access the Store upon submission of the application. Shopper anonymity is respected. 

How quickly can I get access to the Store?

After filling out the application, it typically takes about 2-3 business days for us to approve it and for a shopper to gain GWorld tap access to the Store. You will receive an email once your account is activated. 

Please visit our Accessing the Store page for more information.

Are off-campus students allowed access?

Yes! The Store is open and available for any students who have signed up, regardless of housing status.

Are there limits to how much food I can take or how often?

We do not place limits on the number of visits or the amount of food for Store shoppers. However, we ask that you please remain considerate of the needs of other shoppers and remain mindful of limiting food waste. 

What is stocked in the Store?

Non-perishables (canned fruit/vegetables/tuna, rice, pasta, oatmeal, canned tuna, and cereal) are stocked on an on-going basis in both the Foggy Bottom and Vern locations. 

Perishables (fruit, vegetables, produce, meats, and dairy products) are stocked at Foggy Bottom only. Perishables are stocked 2-3 times a week during the academic year. 

School supplies, interview attire, and personal hygiene items are also stocked in the Foggy Bottom location. 

What are the Store’s hours of operation?

The Store is open during the regular business hours for residence hall common spaces - M-F: 8am-8pm; and Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm. 

The Store will be closed during re-stocking, which typically takes place late morning, three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

How do I know when there’s a restock?

We will contact registered Store shoppers via email once the Store has been stocked and it has been re-opened for shopping. The Store is typically closed during stocking to allow Store managers to clean and organize products. 

What are other resources in place if I need emergency financial assistance? 

GW has several emergency funds to help students: https://financialaid.gwu.edu/emergency-funding.

There are also many resources available in the DMV region to support residents:

DC Emergency Rental Assistance: https://dhs.dc.gov/service/emergency-rental-assistance-program

Capital Area Food Bank (DC): https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC): https://afac.org

Maryland Food Assistance: https://dhs.maryland.gov/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/ 

For more information and resources, check out our Campus and Local Resources page. 

How can I help?

GW students may join the Store student organization and serve as officers or Store managers. For more information, email Store e-board members at [email protected].

GW students, staff, faculty, and alumni may volunteer at GW’s days of service or participate in canned food, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and interview attire drives held around Thanksgiving and April/May each year. For more information, email us at [email protected].

The Store also accepts monetary donations via the GW Development website. 

For more information on each of these options, check out our Get Involved page.

How do I rent laptops and/or iClickers? 

Students in need of a laptop may contact the GW CARE team to inquire about laptop availability.  

Contact Us

The Store Managers

[email protected]

Andrew Sonn

Staff Advisor, The Store

[email protected]


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