Welcome to USG Grover Essentials

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) recognize that food insecurity and hunger are prevalent on college campuses and can negatively impact physical, mental, and emotional health. For that reason, USG has developed an on-site resource to increase food access and promote wellness at USG. Grover Essentials was opened at the end of August 2018 to provide supplemental food and basic necessities that we hope will contribute to the well-being and success of our community. The program has continued to grow and promote food access to our students, staff, and community members.

What Does the Grover Essentials Offer?

The Pantry is made up of three major components and services:

  • Grab and Go Snacks - Need a granola bar or fruit snacks? Maybe a Cup of Noodles or a can of soup for a quick lunch between classes? Our snack station is here for you, providing a variety of free pre-packaged grab-and-go snacks Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the front desk of the USG Student Services Office. Available to USG Students & Staff with their campus ID!
  • Customizable Toiletry Bags (Grab and Go) - Students will be offered a selection of hygiene items such as soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorants (inventory will vary). Every 2 weeks, students can choose three toiletry items Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the front desk of the USG Student Services Office.
  • Grover Essentials After Hours  - Students are able to pick up Grab and Go Snack bags outside of USG Student Services' normal business hours! Simply make an appointment here and you will be able to stop by the lockers outside of the USG Student Services Office to pick up your Grab and Go After Hours Snack! Grover After Hours will be available Monday-Thursday 5 pm-10 pm, Friday 5 pm-6 pm, and Saturday 10 am-6 pm.

Questions? Email usg-groveressentials@umd.edu