SHOP Featured in 2014 STARS Annual Review

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

 

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

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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”