Ways to Support the Pantry

Aramark Donation

Operation Snow

Inauguration Food Drive

Thank you for your interest in supporting the WCU Resource Pantry. Charitable donations from community members and organizations is an integral part of the Pantry's ability to support student needs. You can help us achieve our mission by making a financial donation, hosting a food/item drive, or by making an individual donation of needed items. 


Financial Contributions: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated because they allow us to purchase the items that we need the most when we need them.

You can make a donation with the WCU Foundation. You can also mail a check to West Chester University Foundation, 202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA 19382. Checks should be made out to WCU Foundation. In the memo line, please add Resource Pantry #2966-904

In-Kind Donations and Drives: If you are interested in hosting a drive to support the Pantry, please

contact us

so that we can assist with the planning process and let you know how you can best help us meet the students' current needs.

Food and Item Donation Drives

On-campus student organizations or departments that are interested in sponsoring a donation drive for food or other items, please take a few moments to complete this form so that we are able to schedule your donation drive during a convenient time. Off-campus partners should email pantry@wcupa.edu to schedule a donation drive.  

Amazon Wish List

The Resource Pantry has launched an Amazon Wish List. Now, you can order donations of our most-needed items online and have them shipped right to our front door!

Donation Instructions:

  • Visit the WCU Resource Pantry Wish List
  • Select items from the list you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.
  • Select the "WCU Resource Pantry" shipping address.
  • In the gift message box, please include the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Your email address
    • Your affiliation with WCU (i.e. friend, student, parent, faculty, staff)
    • Your phone number
  • Select your method of payment.
  • Place your order.

Pantry's Most Needed Items

Below are items that reflect current needs in the Pantry. This list is updated regularly to reflect real-time needs. If you are considering donating clothing, please contact the Resource Pantry prior to donating so that we can determine if we are able to hold more clothing items in our space. Thank you for your support!

***Please note: Thanks to the generosity of our community, we are filled to capacity in our clothing section of the Resource Pantry so we are not accepting clothing items at this time. However, if you would like to donate your items, the Goodwill in Exton and the Salvation Army in downtown West Chester are excellent organizations to make your contribution.

Shelf-Stable Food

  • Oatmeal
  • Rice/grains (quinoa, lentils, etc.)
  • Hearty soups
  • Snack items (crackers, nuts, raisins, popcorn, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly/jam
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, carrots, etc.)
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruits
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, salad dressing, etc.)
  • Applesauce
  • Meal kits
  • Ramen noodles
  • Oil (canola/vegetable, olive, etc.)
  • Chili

Please keep food donations in original packaging in case the expiration date is not printed on the individual items.

Fresh Food

  • Eggs
  • Bread 
  • Fresh Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, etc.)
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh Vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, etc.) 

All perishable food donations must be unopened, unexpired products. Please keep food donations in original packaging.

 Personal Care Items

  • Reusable shopping bags 
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Laundry pods
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes/oral care
  • Soap (bar and pump)
  • Shaving lotion 

School Supplies

  • Backpacks 
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pens and pencils


  • Winter coats
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Professional attire

To schedule a donation drop off, contact us



Become a Student Organization Sponsor

If you belong to a WCU student organization or sports team that is interested in supporting the Pantry, please consider becoming a Pantry sponsor. Sponsoring student organizations host regular fundraisers or item drives to benefit the Pantry.  Sponsoring student organizations may select to host a fundraiser or drive once a year, once a semester, or monthly. Please contact us to set up a consultation to discuss which sponsorship option is right for your student organization. 

Chester County Food Bank

Food Bank

The Chester Country Food Bank strives to educate and address the root causes of hunger through nutrition and education programs and by working to strengthen community food systems.  Donations made to the Chester County Food Bank directly impact the success of the WCU Resource Pantry, as a portion of the food given to students through the Resource Pantry is donated by the Food Bank. The Chester County Food Bank is also part of the WCU Resource Pantry Advisory Board.

Chester County Food Bank

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