As students return to school for the 2019 spring semester, it is important to continue to bring awareness to the growing impacts of food insecurity on college campuses. With awareness comes power because it means that colleges and universities can begin to address the issues of food insecurity among students and find solutions. The United States Accountability Office released a report on Wednesday, January 9th called “Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits” that sheds some light on the demographics of students struggling with hunger in college and the effects of food insecurity on those students. This comprehensive report is a must read for individuals in a position within universities to create positive change and provide more assistance and resources for students in need. An article featured on insidehighered.com called “Federal Report Agrees Some Low-Income College Students Are Going Hungry” is also a great source for those wanting to learn more about the data behind college students and food insecurity, and the article does a good job of summarizing the United States Accountability Office’s report. Throughout the 2019 spring semester, the SHOP Food Pantry looks forward to the strides we will make both as an organization and in partnership with the Iowa State University community towards combating food insecurity!
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Utilize your extra dining dollars at the end of the semester to ensure none go to waste! The SHOP Food Pantry cannot except dining dollars directly, but students can use their dining dollars to purchase non-perishable food and toiletries to then donate to The SHOP. Some great places to shop with your dining dollars include the MU Market & Cafe, the East Side Market, the West Side Market, and the South Side Market.
Donations can be dropped off in the main office of the Food Sciences Building room 2312 or in The SHOP Food Pantry, also located in the Food Sciences Building room 2616. The main office of the Food Sciences Building is open Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm. The SHOP Food Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm and Wednesday 11 am – 6 pm.
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.
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!)