The Owl's Closet

The Owl’s Closet is a donation-based collection and referral program for food, clothing, toiletries and other necessities for KSU students who are facing issues with homelessness and/or hunger. All supplies are based upon donations and will be available to students as long as supplies are continually received.

Each participant will be asked to undergo an Initial Assessment by a CARE Center case manager, however, a student can elect not to be assessed. Only students assessed by a case manager will be considered for clothing and/or multiple visits per month for either toiletries and/or food.  


Clothing and Toiletries

Toiletries, towels and washcloths, blankets, pillows, coats and hats are available for urgent needs. When students are in need of clothing and/or shoes, the C.A.R.E. Center maintains reciprocal relationships with community consignment shops. When clothing items are collected by the C.A.R.E. Center they are given to the consignment shops. In turn, the shops fulfill the clothing and footwear needs of students referred by the C.A.R.E. Center.


Feed the Future

The C.A.R.E. Center, in conjunction with Staff Senate, operates the Feed the Future Program. There is a small stock of food for students who are struggling with Food Insecurity, which refers to the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to inadequate financial resources. The pantry is open Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Eligibility and Requirements

To successfully operate the CARE Center efficiently and equitably, all guidelines and procedures need to be met and adhered to, see below:

  • All clients are required to have a valid KSU ID to obtain food and/or toiletries.
  • Each visit participants must present their KSU ID and sign in on the Owl’s Closet sign in sheet.
  • On your first visit, and at the beginning of each semester, participants are required to read and sign a CARE Center Participant Agreement for Receiving Pantry and/or Toiletry items.
  • A reusable bag will be provided at the initial visit and upon each return visit participants are to bring this bag to receive additional items. Please do not ask for a bag when you have forgotten your bag. Reusable bags must be provided to staff at time of sign in.
  • Food is provided through a box-style method; therefore, participants are given food based upon a predetermined list. If a student needs different and/or additional food based upon dietary restrictions and/or living conditions, let staff know at time of sign in.
  • At time of sign in, if toiletry items are needed, participants are asked to provide a list of needed items. Only participants who have undergone an Initial Assessment will be eligible to access toiletry items.
  • Participants are not allowed in the area where the food and/or toiletry items are stored.
  • Participants are asked to only use these resource when experiencing food insecurity beyond your control and/or are experiencing homelessness issues. Also educate others who perceive this as a place to receive “free stuff” to only refer students who are in need of our services.

Donations

For a list of most needed items click: C.A.R.E. Items. As needed, on the first Monday of each month this list is updated.

For small donations, click here for the location of campus collection bins or come to Room 2401 in Kennesaw Hall

For large donations, call at 470-578-6600 or email mstidum@kennesaw.edu to arrange/notify of a drop-off.

When you drop off your items:
--If you are staff/faculty, please leave your name and department name.
--If you are student, please leave your name and organization, if any.