Oglethorpe food pantry celebrates two years, expands services

Two students wearing party hats taking a selfie at the "Petey's Pantry Two-Year Celebration."

Students at the Petey’s Pantry two-year celebration.

Oglethorpe’s donation-funded food pantry, formed initially by a subcommittee of the Student Government Association in 2021, recently celebrated its second anniversary.

Petey’s Pantry has packaged 100 orders just this semester and more than 500 since its launch. Thanks to grants and donations from the OU community, Petey’s Pantry has plans to expand its services and offer more assistance to students.

The pantry’s new program, “Petey’s Petite Pantry,” offers several mini pantries across campus and a new fridge students can use. The locations for the mini pantries include:

Petey’s Free’dge      24-hour room in the Philp Weltner Library
Petite Pantry 1         Turner Lynch Campus Center Atrium
Petite Pantry 2         Robinson Hall 1st floor
Petite Pantry 3         Cousins Center for Science and Innovation 2nd floor
Petite Pantry 4         Hearst Hall

The pantry is also organizing “Petey’s Pantry Rides,” which will launch in spring 2024. The program offers students transportation to Suther’s Center Food Pantry and local grocery stores in the Brookhaven area.

Two students organizing food items in Oglethorpe's food pantry.The purpose of Petey’s Pantry is to provide a healthy and sustainable environment in which all Oglethorpe students, regardless of income, are being offered food, water, and supplies necessary to maintain a happy and healthy experience at Oglethorpe. All OU students enrolled in the current semester can place and receive free orders.

Petey’s pantry has non-perishable and perishable items and toiletry items. The pantry also accommodates students’ dietary restrictions and allergies and has expanded to include vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, and halal options.

Any students needing support can fill out the request form or contact the pantry at [email protected]. If you’d like to make a financial donation to support Petey’s Pantry, you can do so by visiting and designating Petey’s Pantry.

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