George's Free General Store

    The Hunger and Homelessness initiative sponsors George’s Free General Store, a food pantry that runs on donations from community members.

    Take what you need and give when you can.

    To uphold the spirit of the Honor Code, all users of the Free General Store will:

    • Take only what you need — others also need the support, and this is a shared resource;
    • Donate when and what you can, so that this effort can continue;
    • Clean up after yourself and others, please! Wipe down the counters, do the dishes, clean out the sink, and sweep the floor after using the kitchen;
    • Appliances/Cookware/Plates/Cutlery are to be used on site (do not take home);
    • Leave constructive comments and suggestions so we can improve!
    • And come as often as you need!

    Who can use the pantry?

    The pantry is available for any student at Washington College.

    How can I donate?

    Place items in the collection box located in the center of the main downstairs corridor of Hodson Hall Commons.

    How can I donate monetarily?

    Make a gift online. Select "Other" and type "George’s General Store."

    Please contact Shane Brill for more information.

    Where is George's Free General Store located?

    The pantry is located in the Goose Nest within Hodson Hall Commons.

    How can I accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences?

    Please consider donating items that reflect diverse dietary needs and lifestyle choices: carnivore, gluten-free, keto, nut-free, vegan, vegetarian.

    What products should I avoid donating?

    To support our sustainability and wellness goals, try to avoid:
    - "ultraprocessed" products: more than five ingredients in a disposable packet
    - products with added sugar and sweeteners
    - products manufactured with industrial fats (vegetable oil, canola, cottonseed, soy, sunflower, safflower)
    - products packaged in non-recyclable containers.

    What items are needed most?

    Please see the lists below for ideas.

    Top Items in Need

    The following foods support diverse dietary approaches and are selected from the Food Initiative's nourishing pantry recommendations.

    Animal products: bone broth, canned anchovies, canned sardines, canned tuna, canned wild caught salmon

    Plant products: canned artichokes, nori, olives, organic popcorn, sweet potatoes, unsweetened coconut flakes, vegetable broth

    Fats: aged cheese, avocado oil, ghee, coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil

    Dried Fruits: dates, figs, persimmons, prunes, raisins

    Nuts and Seeds: almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts

    Chocolate: cacao nibs, dark chocolate (85% or higher), Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips; cocoa powder (non-dutched)

    Sweeteners: blackstrap molasses, pure maple syrup, raw honey

    Additional Items to Consider Donating

    • organic coffee
    • tea
    • breakfast cereal / instant oatmeal
    • breakfast / granola bars
    • microwave foods
    • canned beans
    • canned fruit
    • canned meats
    • canned soup
    • canned veggies
    • deodorant
    • lotion
    • makeup wipes
    • pads / tampons
    • shampoo / conditioner
    • soap / body wash
    • toothbrushes
    • toothpaste
    • gluten-free pasta
    • mac and cheese
    • peanut butter and jelly
    • pasta
    • ramen and yakisoba noodles
    • rice (white and brown)

    George's Free General Store

    Learn more about George's Free General Store in The Elm:
    October 2021
    November 2019

    Monetary Donations

    Please consider making a gift to support this effort. Select "Other" and type "George’s General Store." Thank you!

    Local Resources

    Food Initiative

    Food security begins by knowing what is available and how to prepare it. The ESFL provides resources and guidance for reconnecting with food.

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