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COVID-19 Crisis: How you can help

During this unprecedented time, accessible resources such as food and housing have become of paramount importance for EMU students. There are two funds that will have an immediate and direct impact on students facing emergency situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Student Emergency Fund

After listening to EMU student leaders discuss their priorities for this year, the GameAbove group made a significant investment in the well-being and success of students by creating the Students Matter Most Initiative, which launched in January 2020. Through this initiative, the Student Emergency Fund received a substantial boost with the first round of gifts from GameAbove. The fund now stands to receive additional funding through a $50,000 match that this group of passionate alumni is offering in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Make your gift to the Student Emergency Fund here: https://donate.emich.edu/project/18317


Swoop's Student Food Pantry

Swoop's Food Pantry, located in the John & Angie Sabo Swoop's Food Pantry Room, has experienced a dramatic uptick in students due to the COVID-19 crisis. Nearly 160 shoppers are visiting EMU's volunteer student-led food pantry per week during very limited hours. In addition, many of the shoppers are students who have never used the food pantry before. These facts underscore the critical resource that Swoop's Food Pantry is now fulfilling in our community. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, we anticipate that student demand will continue to rise as well as the need for resources and support. Please consider making a monetary gift and/or a food donation to help meet this rising need and ensure the well being of our students. 

Make your gift to Swoop's Food Pantry here: https://donate.emich.edu/project/18512

Food donations to Swoop's are also highly encouraged. Swoop’s is seeking these supplies through donation to keep up with demand:

  • Refrigerated items such as milk, eggs and cheese.
  • Also, beans - both canned and dried - and pasta, rice and bread.
  • Self-care items such as body lotion, soap and bubble bath. Also creative outlets such as used (but with all the pieces!) puzzles, games, journals, and other creative things such as coloring books, markers, and crayons.

Swoop’s can arrange pick-up of these items from your porch if you are in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. Please email Swoop’s to inquire about making a food or self-care product donation, or to arrange a pickup, at [email protected].


For more information

As the news and regulatory information from state and federal government has evolved daily and sometimes hourly, Eastern Michigan University has circulated daily updates on their response to the COVID-19 crisis and impacts to instruction, campus life, residence halls and dining. All of those updates can be found here.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322