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.

 

SHOP Featured in 2014 STARS Annual Review

SHOP in 2014 STARS Annual Review
Photo by: Unknown
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

 

An Update From Our President: Spring 2014 Recap, Upcoming Fall 2014

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!)

Want FREE Food? Stop by The SHOP!

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).

 

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”