Grover Essentials is now offering "Grover To Go"
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Grover Essentials has modified its service to provide pre-made bags to our customers. Current USG students, faculty, and staff will be able to pick up bags from campus after signing up for a defined time slot. Time slots are available Tuesday-Friday, 9AM-6PM. We ask that customers limit their visits to one every 2 weeks. During their one visit, customers may select 2 bags: 1 Food Bag and 1 Toiletry Bag OR 2 Food Bags
To sign up, visit csef.timetap.com. Once you sign up and complete all the necessary steps, you will be sent a confirmation email containing your assigned locker and its code. Please bring the email and a photo ID to Building III on campus during your chosen time slot. You may proceed to the lockers following the signs in the lobby of Building III. We ask that customers look through the content of their bag and leave items they do not want behind in their locker before closing it.
Visitors, you will be sent an anonymous intake and satisfaction survey. We understand you may have comments, concerns, or other feedback regarding the new to go system. This form is a chance to let your voice be heard. All feedback is reviewed carefully.
Cash Donations to Grover Essentials: Grover To Go are welcome, please be sure to indicate "Grover Essentials Fund" with your donation.
You may also Donate items via our Amazon Wishlist. All orders will be delivered to the USG campus, where they will be placed directly in the Grover Essentials inventory for distribution.
(Image of a typical Grover Essentials - Grover To Go Food Bag. Items may vary from week to week.)
(Image of a typical Grover Essentials - Grover To Go Toiletry Bag. Items may vary from week to week.)
All customers recieve 1 bag of food items, and 1 bag of toiletry items. Below is a list of the items included in each bag.
Grover To Go Food bags contain the following items. The quantity of each item is indicated in brackets:
Dry Pasta (1 box)
Cereal (2 boxes)
Pasta Sauce (1 jar)
Dry Rice (1- 2 pound bag)
Peanut Butter (1 jar)
Tuna (1 can)
Soup (1 can)
Wildcard items (up to 3)
Grover To Go Toiletry bags contain the following items. The quantity of each item is indicated in brackets:
Shampoo/Condiitoner (1 bottle)
Bar Soap (1 bar)
Body Lotion (1 bottle)
Menstrual Pads (1 24-count box)
Baby Wipes (1 container)
Hand Sanitizer (1 bottle)
Please note that occasionaly, due to supply constraints, bags may not contain exactly these items. We make every effort to include reasonable substitutions when possible.
If you are not able to use Grover To Go, we have compiled a list of local food insecurity resources that may help. For additional information and resources visit Resources During COVID-19 Crisis. If you have any questions and/or need further assistance with any resources please sign-up for a Virtual Appointment with the Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources.
Welcome to USG Grover Essentials
USG recognizes that food insecurity and hunger is prevalent on college campuses and can have a negative impact on 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.
Feminine Pads, Tampons, Shampoo, Deodorant (for both males and females), Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Baby Wipes, Baby Lotion and Diapers (preferred sizes 2, 3, and 4). We also take reusable bags and cleaning supplies (laundry detergent & Clorox wipes).Where can I find out more information on food and community resources? For more information please check out the food assistance section of the Community Resource page. Is food that is past the best by date safe to eat? In general yes, please see the key below to better understand some of the food terminology and meaning:
- Use-By: This label is aimed at consumers as a directive of the date by which the product should be eaten; mostly because of quality, not because the item will necessarily make you sick if eaten after the use-by date.
- Best-By: This is a suggestion to the consumer on which date the product should be consumed to assure for ideal quality.
- Sell-By: This label is aimed at retailers, and it informs them of the date by which the product should be sold or removed from shelf life. This does not mean that the product is unsafe to consume after the date.
- Canned tomatoes & tomato sauce (high-acid foods) can last up to 18 months after the use by date, best by date and sell by dates.
- Canned vegetables such as corn and green beans (low-acid foods) can last up to 5 years after the use by date, best by date and sell by dates.