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Published on October 31, 2014, by admin in SHOP Events.

Our fall 2014 Mobile SHOP event was a HUGE success!!!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Frederiksen Court and made our event possible :)

Fall 2014 Mobile SHOP

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Fall 2014 Mobile SHOP volunteers feature The SHOP’s free, fall-themed food bags offered to all ISU students at the Frederiksen Court Community Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2014 Mobile SHOP #2

Photo by: Kirsten Mancosky
Mobile SHOP volunteers gather around the table displaying free fall-themed food bags, Halloween candy, SHOP bracelets and food ingredients provided in each bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2014 Mobile SHOP #3

Photo by: Kirsten Mancosky
Mobile SHOP’s fall-themed food bags contained ingredients to make red or white chili, cornbread and pumpkin pie.

 

 
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Spring 2014 Mobile SHOP Volunteers

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Spring 2014 Mobile SHOP volunteers pose for a quick photo in their new SHOP t-shirts. This fall, SHOP volunteers will be handing out free, fall-themed food bags at the Frederiksen Court Community Center. 

CHECK THIS OUT!!

Our fall 2014 Mobile SHOP was recently featured in an article written by Jasmine Schillinger, writer for the Iowa State Daily.

Mobile SHOP will be held on Wednesday, October 29th from 3-6pm at the Frederiksen Court Community Center. SHOP volunteers will be handing out FREE, pre-packaged, fall-themed food bags including chili ingredients, apple cider packets as well as a side and dessert.

Interested in learning more? Check out Jasmine’s article: http://m.iowastatedaily.com/self/article_4bfa80ae-54be-11e4-a687-1b565d42ba1d.html?mode=jqm

 

 
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SHOP in 2014 STARS Annual Review

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The SHOP was recently featured in the 2014 STARS Annual Review as one of 68 universities that received a “gold” rating for their on-campus sustainability efforts.

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO OUR SHOP FOUNDERS, MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS!!!

We are so proud of everything that you do/have done to make The SHOP such wonderful organization dedicated to ensuring food security for students on the Iowa State University campus.

The SHOP was recently featured as one of only 68 U.S. institutions in the 2014 STARS Annual Review who received a “gold” rating for their campus sustainability efforts.

The Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for colleges and universities nationwide to earn points for achieving sustainable practices. Based on point total, STARS participants are given one of the following rankings: bronze, silver, gold or platinum and are featured in their annual review. The SHOP’s rating will only be valid for three years, but the accomplishments, successes and legacy of our organization will continue to live on!

Check out The SHOP’s section here (pg. 71): http://www.aashe.org/files/documents/STARS/stars_annual_review_2014.pdf

 

 
 
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Published on May 24, 2014, by admin in About Us.

Just in case you didn’t see The SHOP President’s (Kirsten Mancosky) e-mail, check this out!

Hi SHOP members!

I hope your summer has started out well! The spring semester was an incredible success, so I thought a recap was in order of the most notable accomplishments, and there are also some exciting things to look forward to for the fall. (Bear with me on the length, I apologize in advance. There’s just so much great information!)

 
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Published on February 16, 2014, by admin in Canned Food 101.
Reading food label

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If you’re confused by all of the random numbers printed on canned, boxed, or packaged food items, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Here are some tips to help you decode those numbers and decide what is the best course of action to take.

 

What do the dates mean?

Since there is little federal regulation on product dating, the format may differ for each company that voluntarily chooses to include such dates. Here are a few dates in particular that you should pay attention to:

  • “Best if used by/best before”: eat the item by this date in order to ensure best flavor and quality. The food item is safe to consume a little while after peak freshness.
  • “Use by/before“: similar to the “best if used by/best before” date, this date indicates the last day the item will be at its peak quality. After this date, product quality (i.e., color, flavor) will gradually deteriorate. Since this date is similar to an expiration date, it is advised to discard the item past this printed date.
  • “Sell by”: indicates the last day the manufacturer can have the item displayed for sale. While this date is less of a concern for canned foods due to their long shelf-life, it is helpful for rotating cans and making sure that older items are eaten first.

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Published on February 9, 2014, by admin in SHOP Events.
Snack Boxes

Photo by: Kirsten Mancosky


That’s right, FREE food! The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) is an on-campus food pantry for students located in the Food Science Building room 2616. We are excited to share our promotional event with you. Come by The SHOP on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 1PM to 6 PM to pick up this delicious box of goodies shown above!

The SHOP also open each week Tuesday through Thursday from 3PM to 6PM. Utilizing our service is completely anonymous and available to all students. In addition to this box of snacks, we also provide non-perishable items (i.e., canned/boxed food), household items, and personal care items.

For more information about this great resource, visit:

Any further questions or comments about the organization can be directed to SHOP President, Kirsten Mancosky (mancosky@iastate.edu).

 

 
 
 
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Photo by: Claire Powell
ISU students and faculty/staff members can choose from a variety of non-perishable food, personal care, and household items at The SHOP. With rising tuition rates and an increased need for loans, the food pantry is being regularly utilized by students.

According to American Student Assistance in 2012, approximately 37 million students (and counting!) across the United States have outstanding student loans. Of those 37 million students, 66.5% are under the age of 40. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates that of the whopping $870 billion in total student loan debt, $580 billion comes from American students ages 40 and below.

With the cost of college attendance on the rise each year, students and their families are finding themselves in a major financial crisis due to expenses that range from student tuition to textbooks, down payments for local housing and utilities. As a result, millions of students are turning toward financial aid and loans in desperate need of help. The unfortunate reality is that many students worry about living independently because they simply can’t pay their loans off. And so the big question must be raised, is it worth falling into debt over our own education? (more…)