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ODU Food Pantry - Covid 19 Response

Monarchs Respond to COVID-19


Rise to the Challenge

Old Dominion University has set up a special fund to ensure that those students, faculty and staff affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can continue to learn and work.

The lion's share of this campaign comes from an especially dedicated and generous donor like you. Please consider offering your support during this challenging time.

The Rise to the Challenge Fund will help provide emergency funding to those in our Monarch community who are suddenly facing challenges with travel, housing, food, technology, unemployment, health and wellness and other expenses.

Additionally, the colleges are providing assistance to students at risk of not completing their degrees through scholarship support (see below for more information about each college's plan to help).

Your gift is needed more now than ever.

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With every ODU mask purchase, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rise to the Challenge Campaign.


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Colleges Rising to the Challenge



Gifts at Work


SBC Perseverance Project

Prapti Sedhain, Nuhu Issifu and Harlem Brown

Old Dominion University's Strome College of Business created a grant program this year to help students facing financial obstacles remain in school. Dean Jeff Tanner said the SBC Perseverance Project was designed to help those who were laid off from their jobs - and possibly facing dropping out of school - when the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020.

Read full story here.



The Monarch Pantry

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Over a half ton of non-perishable food and toiletries was collected during the ODU Pack the Pantry event held Sept. 2-10. The Monarch Pantry, a University-run food initiative that operates out of the Suffolk Room in the Webb Student Center, is a resource to meet the immediate needs of students. The Pantry has received funding from SEES and from the Rise to the Challenge Fund and food donated by Aramark, which operates dining services at ODU. To learn more about the Monarch Pantry, click here.


Grant Money

Mikeisha Robinson

My name is Mikeisha Robinson. When ODU closed due to COVID-19, I lost my on-campus job. This was my first year renting an apartment off-campus and I relied on this job to pay my rent and bills. Receiving this grant was my saving grace and allowed me to pay my bills and successfully complete my sophomore year.