Who We Are

Students Helping Our Peers (The SHOP)

Photo by: Lindsay MacNab
The SHOP encourages all ISU students and staff to utilize its services and take advantage of what the food pantry has to offer. This sign welcomes everyone to The SHOP’s home in the Food Sciences Building room 2616.

We are The SHOP, a student-run, on-campus food pantry at Iowa State University. We were created in January 2011 when a group of students in the Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) transfer learning community were approached by ISU Dining about the possibility of opening a campus food pantry.

After talking with other university food pantries, searching for a location, and receiving approval from Government of the Student Body (GSB), The SHOP was created. These generous students wanted to give back to the ISU campus and help other students in need of food assistance.

Our organization is made possible by donations from individuals, campus organizations, local churches, and more. With their help, we are able to provide a wide variety of free, non-perishable food and personal care items for all ISU students. Our vision is to alleviate food insecurity while collaborating with Iowa State University and the Ames Community.

Additionally, our wonderful student volunteers and staff make it possible to keep the food pantry open during the week. Because of their outstanding volunteer efforts, we were awarded the Story County Youth Volunteer Award in 2011.

Our mission is to engage with anti-hunger advocates and serve the student population by increasing hunger awareness and food security. In 2015 we served anywhere from 60 to 110 students each month.

We understand that students value their privacy and rest assured, we operate in an anonymous fashion. Simply stop by and grab the items that you need. We don’t ask questions or judge in any way. If you happen to have a question or need help, don’t hesitate to ask one of our volunteers. They will gladly assist you!

Just remember, students like YOU make our experience enjoyable and our ultimate hope is that we can reach out and help you in any way possible.

SHOP Volunteer Information

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