Fall 2014 Mobile SHOP Event = Success!

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
Photo by: ISU Student
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.

 

U.S. Food Pantries and The SHOP Help Food Insecure Students

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? Continue reading “U.S. Food Pantries and The SHOP Help Food Insecure Students”