Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Golden Grizzlies Pantry

The Golden Grizzlies Pantry continues to provide food assistance to students through the Student Emergency Relief Fund. If you need assistance, please apply for the Student Emergency Relief Fund.

The University strives to equip students with resources to overcome obstacles. To help students achieve the utmost success, the Golden Grizzlies’ Pantry tackles the barriers related to food insecurities.

An average of 36 percent of university students nationwide report experiencing food insecurity at some point in their college education (Goldrick-Rab, Richardson, Schneider, Hernandez & Cady, 2018).

The Golden Grizzlies Pantry assists those in need by providing food and community resources to positively impact their success at Oakland University. Students shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

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For Shoppers

Who can shop in the pantry?

Any current Oakland University community member can shop in the pantry.

Do I need to complete any paperwork to shop in the pantry?

Yes, first time shoppers are encouraged to submit a Golden Grizzlies Pantry Intake Form

How much does the food/toiletries cost from the pantry?

Nothing! The pantry provides FREE food and toiletries. 

Do I need to schedule an appointment to shop in the pantry? 

Appointments are encouraged, but not required.  Schedule an appointment here
For Donors

How do I donate to the pantry?

Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Donations may be dropped off in the pantry or you can schedule a contactless drop-off HERE

What can I donate to the pantry?

The Pantry accepts nonperishable food items, toiletries, and gift cards to local stores. 

What should I avoid donating? 

Expired food, perishable food items, food that contains alcohol, homemade food (canned jams, etc.)

In-demand Items:

  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken)
  • Spices
  • Snack bars (nutri-grain/granola bars)
  • Canned fruit 
  • Microwaveable soups
  • Rice/Pasta sides
  • Condiments (Jelly, Mayo, Spices, Salad Dressings)
  • Gluten-free/Vegan/Vegetarian options
  • Gift cards to local grocery stores (Walmart/Meijer/Kroger)
  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper towel, toilet paper, etc.) 

Interested in hosting a food drive? Contact us at oupantry@oakland.edu

Hours of Operation/Contact Information/Volunteers

Hours of Operation:

Summer Semester 2022 (April - Aug 31, 2022)

Mondays- Thursdays: 11 am - 4 pm

Fridays- Closed

Walk-ins are welcome Monday-Friday, 8 am- 5 pm! Please enter through Office for Student Involvement (Room 49) for assistance.

Contact Us: 

Rae Johnson (Manager) at oupantry@oakland.edu Phone: (248) 370-2731

Location:

Oakland Center, Room 49G 312 Meadow Brook Road Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454

Volunteering

Our volunteers play a key role in the success of our food pantry. Before volunteering in the pantry, please complete the following:

Volunteer duties include:

  • Answering walk-in inquiries
  • Assisting with check-out, weighing items and updating the online database
  • Helping load, unload, and pick up at various sites across campus
  • Counting items in the food pantry and helping maintain an inventory sheet
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the pantry
  • Sorting through food items
Care Package Request

Students may request a care package containing items such as non-perishable foods, toiletries, and self-care items. Care package requests are available 24/7.

Care Package Request Form