SOP (Spartan Open Pantry)


The Spartan Open Pantry program is overseen by the Wesley-Luther ministry. From assistance for students who need a little help at the end of the month, to homeless students and families who depend on the pantry for complete support, the SOP assists our neighbors who need a hand. The Spartan Open Pantry is part of a larger program of care at UNCG, coordinated by the Dean of Students Office, a department of the Division of Student Affairs. If you are out of food and need food immediately, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

All current UNC Greensboro students and staff in need are welcome to utilize the food pantry, as well as Greensboro College students who have a need. The SOP is located in the fellowship hall of College Place UMC at 509 Tate Street. Parking is available for volunteers and those picking up food. In addition, Martha’s Table is the dinner at SOP on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7 p.m. The SOP staff and volunteers provide and cook the Wednesday meal three weeks out of the month (four during long months), and College Place UMC provides and cooks the meal once a month.

SOP Distribution Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 – 9 p.m.

    


SOPtoGO!

In a bind, and need food outside of SOP distribution hours? At our SOPtoGO location, students can receive up to five food items to assist with emergency food needs. The SOPtoGO pantry is located in the Student Affairs office on the first floor of the Mossman Administration Building.

SOPtoGO Student Affairs: M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

“I am a grad student, and money is tight. I was surviving mostly on whatever I could find to eat on any given day. My stress level was really high. Now I use the pantry, and I know several other students who also have to use the pantry for food.”
“I work, but my parents have not had a job for a while. I have to help support my brother and sister. It is hard to get by. I was sometimes not eating so that they could have a meal. I am happy the pantry is here.”
“I moved out because my boyfriend was abusive. I stayed with friends, but I couldn’t afford much else. I had to leave most of my clothes and things behind. The pantry helped me get new clothes and food. The dinners are great, and I can tell that the volunteers care.”

HOW TO HELP:

WHAT TO DONATE:

All non-perishable foods are welcome. The most commonly distributed items are:

    • Bread
    • Canned vegetables (please, no green beans, corn, or peas, due to limited space)
    • Canned fruit
    • Canned meat (especially chicken)
    • Canned beans
    • Dried fruit
    • Granola bars
    • Trail mix
    • Boxed pasta
    • Pasta sauces (non-glass)
    • Canned soup (condensed and non-condensed, and microwaveable)
    • Dried beans
    • Peanut butter
    • Powdered milk
    • Jelly
    • Rice (small bags)
    • Instant mashed potatoes
    • Breakfast cereals
    • Chili
    • Salt and pepper
    • Salad dressing (Ranch and Italian)
    • Condiments (Mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard)
    • Cooking oil
    • Small toiletries
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Toilet paper

     

WHERE TO DONATE:

Food or other donations can be dropped off from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Smith Campus Ministries Center front desk or by appointment. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread can be dropped off Monday or Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or during distribution hours Tuesday nights at the SOP.

Additionally, departments without a collection box may drop off items in the Dean of Students Office in the EUC.

Other collection boxes are located at:

  • Housing and Residence Life (Weil-Winfield)
  • OLCE Lobby (EUC)
  • Student Affairs (Mossman)
  • Student Health Center
  • Moore Nursing Building First Floor

Monetary Donations:

Wesley-Luther at times supplements students receiving food with $20 to 40 dollar gift cards to Food Lion so they can pick up bread, fresh vegetables, fruits, and other small items. Wesley-Luther also works to provide emergency meals to students who have run out of food in between pantry distributions. Gifts can be made to this fund through The Wesley Foundation @ UNCG, by including “Students in Need Fund” in the memo line of a donation check. If you are willing to give to support the administrative costs of the pantry, please note this along with your gift. To give online, click here.

“Lost both my parents. Without the pantry, I would not have enough food to get through the week. The Wednesday meal at the SOP is usually the best meal I have during the week. The pantry is how I know that God still cares about me.”
“Before I used the pantry, I had to choose between books and food. I don’t think I could have stayed in school without help. Things are better for me now, and I try to volunteer as much as I can. It meant a lot to me that people cared when I didn’t have enough, so now I am trying to pay that back.”
“My parents stopped supporting me when I told them I had a girlfriend. I work a part-time job, but I can’t afford rent and food by myself. Without the pantry, I would only have a few meals a week.”