The SHOP – Students Helping Our Peers, Student Food Pantry
The SHOP was created in 2011 by a group of students from the Food Science and Human Nutrition learning community who were looking to combat food insecurity among their peers at Iowa State. SHOP’s mission is to engage with anti-hunger advocates and serve the student population by increasing hunger awareness and food security. To accomplish this mission, SHOP provides free, non-perishable food and personal care items for ISU students. The student users do not have to show identification, making this service confidential. Operations are supported by student and staff volunteers as well as financial and food donations. SHOP continues to find ways to better serve the student population and reduce food insecurity through building new relationships with the community.