Feeling insecure about where to spend the night, or where to find one's next meal, may have significant negative impacts on university students, faculty, and staff, including decreased physical and mental health. If you find yourself, or someone you care about, insecure regarding food, housing, or finances, please utilize the resources below, or reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students for assistance.

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The Pantry is located in 1405 Cushwa Hall, if you need assistance outside of regular hours, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@ysu.edu or come to 3325 Cushwa Hall during business hours.

USING the pantry

The Penguin Pantry is available for all members of the Youngstown State University community. Please feel free to stop by the pantry when it is open (FALL SEMESTER: Monday/Thursday 4:30-6:30 PM, Tuesday/Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM) or e-mail the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@ysu.edu for access outside of published hours. The pantry is designed to allow people to shop for themselves and take what they need. If someone would prefer to pick up preselected items, they may do so by submitting the Penguin Pantry Order Form in advance of their visit. Some common reasons for using the Penguin Pantry Order Form are if someone is isolated to due illness, has someone collecting items on their behalf, or if a student does not have enough time to select items in person.

Pantry ITEMS

The goal of the pantry is to provide members of the university community with the items they need to meet their basic needs. If there is a specific item that you believe would be particularly helpful, please get in touch with the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@ysu.edu.

  • Food Items
  • Business Attire
  • Hygiene Items
  • Cleaning Supplies


  •   If you are interested in volunteering your time to the pantry, please sign up using PenguinPulse, YSU's platform for community engagement.
  •   If you would like to donate to the pantry, please visit the Amazon Wishlist for frequently-requested items.
  •   If you prefer to donate to the pantry financially, 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 dos@ysu.edu.