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The Shop opened in November 2018 in Fondren Library, and provides non-perishable food items and basic essentials at no cost to current SMU students who are experiencing food insecurity.  

The Shop is stocked with food and gift card donations from various SMU campus organizations, local high school and community groups, and with funds provided by the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Club.  There are plans for expansion over the next few years with sponsorship by the North Texas Food Bank, possible access to refrigerated items, and partnership with additional campus and community groups to coordinate food drives/donations.

For questions or more information, email You may also e-mail

Donations are always welcomed.  

Requested Items

  • High protein non-perishables:

    • Packaged nuts and trail mix​

    • Protein bars, power bars and granola bars

    • Canned chicken and tuna

    • Beef jerky

  • Single-size breakfast cereal cup or box

  • Breakfast bars, cereal bars, fruit and grain bars, toaster pastries

  • Oatmeal

  • Single serve boxes of milk (Horizon, Silk Almond, Silk soy)

  • Bottled or boxed juice and drinks

  • Canned fruit or single serve fruit cups

  • Fruit snacks and dried fruit (raisins)

  • Peanut butter crackers, cheese snack cracker, saltine crackers and graham crackers

  • Vegetarian soup

  • Ramen noodles -- chicken flavored

  • Mac and cheese

  • Bags of rice or dried beans

  • Hormel Compleats meals

  • Starkist Tuna Creations

  • Pastas, sauces and rice meal kits

  • Condiments: ketchup, mayo, pickles, salad dressing, etc.

  • Kitchen staples: sugar, flour, olive oil, vegetable oil, non-stick cooking spray, spices, small salt/pepper shakers, etc.

Personal Items

  • Tissue

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Deodorant

  • Bar of soap or body wash

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Toilet paper

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Disposable razors

  • Body lotion

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dish soap

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