Guess what… It’s true, IPR has a food shelf. And, even though I usually print something about it in the IPR newsletter, I don’t think I’ve paid it the proper attention. In the few printings of the newsletter so far, it’s been on the back page at the very bottom. We want everyone to know about it, but we don’t want anyone to avoid using it because they feel awkward. We care about our community and want to support each other through tough times. Thus, the need for more food and toiletry donations.
I know I’m not the only one who has felt the financial squeeze. If you’ll please allow me this brief economics diatribe: when energy prices go up, the cost of all goods and services also rise to the occasion. Even still, I balk at food prices every time I shop. It’s easy to blow $60-$80 on just a few bags of groceries. And, as somebody who is careful to purchase mostly what I find on sale, I’m surprised by each consecutive shopping trip. I’ve learned to love Aldi; if food prices scare you, this is a great place to shop! You can thank me later.
I’ve known about the food shelf for a long time, but I haven’t been contributing to it. The last thing I think about when I’m at the grocery store is how I can fill somebody else’s cupboards – especially when there are times I have a hard time filling my own. However, I’m about to make a change.
I won’t be able to contribute much, but I know if I make the effort it will be worth it to someone else. If you can, please help stock our shelves. Everyone on campus is welcome to ask for help, students and staff. Talk to Rebecca Buller, Erica West, Anna Rau or Jessica Berg, they should be able to help you.
Christian Groves, IPR Graduate and CCRS (Campus Communications)