NEWS RELEASE Ames, IA – Stories are heard across different college campuses of students surviving mainly on 50 cent packages of noodles, but not at Iowa State University, they have a student run on campus food pantry for that. Students Helping Our Peers (the SHOP) is Iowa State University’s on campus food pantry that provides access free food.
Students today are busy with tests, classes, work, and projects and don’t usually have time to go to the grocery store. By using the SHOP as an alternative to the quick stop at the store, it allows for more time to do homework, study for tests, and engage in clubs around campus. The SHOP is completely anonymous and free, the staff just need to see a quick flash of the ID to know that you are a student or faculty. The SHOP is located at 2616 Food Sciences Building. Clients can choose to stop in as many times as they like, and take as much food as they think is necessary. Another option is the mobile SHOP, which is usually set up at the University Village housing complex located off of Edenburn Drive. Meals are prepackaged and can be picked up with ease. This happens around Fall Break time, so check the website for the dates. The SHOP was founded in 2011 when ISU dining asked them to create an on campus food pantry. The initial funding came from unused dining dollars and ISU dining, but now the SHOP is funded only by the Government of the Student Body, and various on campus club donations. Their mission is to create food security on campus. Food security as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the ability to access food with no problems or limitations. The SHOP hopes to increase the food security through the free anonymous on campus pantry. Clubs or individuals wishing to volunteer with the SHOP can visit the website (http://www.theshop.stuorg.iastate.edu/ ) to sign up for the mailing list, and find available shifts. Donations are accepted during open SHOP hours or at the main office of the Food Sciences building room 2312. Volunteer opportunities include stocking shelves, recording student numbers, and reorganizing already shelved food. -###-
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