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!)
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.