Division of Student Affairs

SOP (Spartan Open Pantry)

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019 by Dylan Hall under Uncategorized. Tags:

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 the Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartans (PATHS), coordinated by the Dean of Students Office, an also part of UNCG Cares, a newly-launched initiative to bring together all of the resources available to students who may be facing challenges.

All current UNC Greensboro students and staff are welcome to utilize the food pantry. 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 a hot, home-cooked dinner served at the SOP on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7 p.m.

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



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.



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



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.