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.
About The Store
Founded in 2017 and managed by The Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs, The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University that provides resources and support for students living with food insecurity.
Store Location & Hours
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 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 Mount Vernon Campus 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:Monday-Friday 8am-8pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
The Store will be closed during re-stocking, which typically takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the late morning (three times a week).
- How do I know when there’s a restock?
We will contact registered Store shoppers via social media 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/
- How can I help The Store?
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 annually in both the fall and spring semesters. For more information, email us at [email protected].
The Store also accepts monetary donations via the GW Development website. In the Gift Designation box, click the option to Direct Your Gift to a specific cause, and select "The Store / GW's Food Pantry" from the dropdown menu.
To learn more, 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.
General Email: [email protected]
Staff Advisor: Andrew Sonn
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