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Why are we here

The Penguin Pantry exists to assist ALL members of our YSU Family, who are working to make ends meet, in-between jobs, or simply in need of assistance.

Who Do We Help

The Penguin Pantry is a resource to our students, faculty and staff. 

How Do We Help

The Penguin Pantry is a critical resource that stocks donations of non-perishable and frozen food items, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. It also offers professional attire that can significantly defray costs associated with job interviews, internships, student teaching, clinical rotations, banquets, courses where speeches are required and more.

Where Do We Help

The Penguin Pantry is located on the third floor of DeBartolo Hall

When Do We Help

The Penguin Pantry is open specified hours during the semester or by request. If assistance is needed outside of regular hours please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at or visit us in DeBartolo Hall, Room 301.

Spring 2024 Hours

The Penguin Pantry is open Spring Semester 2024 on Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm


Using the Pantry

YSU students, staff and faculty are required to check in each time they use the Penguin Pantry (check-ins are confidential). You may only use the pantry once per week. Forms are provided at the Pantry and patrons are required to complete a form and shopping list each time they visit the Pantry. Orders are filled by our volunteers and/or DOS staff members. You can choose to wait while your order is filled, or come back prior to closing the same day to pick up your order. Orders are filled to the best of our ability and based on current supply. If in need of business attire, please let a volunteer or staff member know, and they will assist you.


The” Penguin Pantry” was first envisioned by YSU’s Student Government Association in 2016. In the Fall of 2022, The Penguin Pantry moved under the Office of the Dean of Students and is currently staffed by YSU-affiliated volunteers and professional staff members from the DOS

Donating to the Pantry

It is the generosity of the YSU Community that helps keep our pantry stocked and readily available. There are many ways in which you can support this valuable campus resource.

Donate Your Time
If you are interested in volunteering your time to the pantry, please sign up using PenguinPulse, YSU’s platform for community engagement.

Donate Items
Items can be purchased through our Amazon Wishlist and delivered directly to the pantry. Items such as food, clothing, hygiene products and cleaning supplies can also be dropped off at one of our two available drop off locations in DeBartolo Hall. The first location is directly outside of the Office of the Dean of Students, Room 301 on the third floor of DeBartolo Hall. Our second location is outside of the Penguin Pantry also located on the third floor of DeBartolo Hall.

Monetary Donation
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please use the donation form hosted by the YSU Foundation. Be sure to select ‘Other’ under ‘Your Gift Designation’ and note that your donation is intended for the Penguin Pantry or the Penguin-to-Penguin Fund in the ‘Gift Details’ section.

If you would like to engage with the pantry in another way, please e-mail the Office of the Dean of Students at

Helping a Fellow Penguin

If you know of someone who could benefit from the Penguin Pantry, please submit a Penguin of Concern Referral Form. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Office of The Dean of Students at