• 30%

    of students surveyed by the SHOP identified with being basic needs insecure

  • 25%

    higher likelihood of students withdrawing from the university before graduating due to struggles with basic needs such as food, housing, and medical care

Helping You Succeed

The Resource Room, located on the main floor of the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, opened in March of 2023.


  • Nationally, economic disruptions like the pandemic and inflation disproportionately impact women of all races and ethnicities.
  • Women make up the majority of single-parent households.
  • Feminist work has always included removing barriers and resource sharing and the Sloss Center is happy to continue this tradition with the creation of the Resource Room.

Open from 10 am - 3 pm from Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the Sloss Resource Room provides access to necessities, including but not limited to food, gender-affirming care items, parenting supplies, and books. Individuals can also access the resource room by appointment!

The Sloss Resource Room includes a satellite location of Iowa State's student-run pantry, The SHOP. We also collaborate with the Pop Up Shop run by the College of Human Sciences. Together, we amplify efforts to meet students needs across campus.

Donated food

Want to get involved?

If you or someone you know is interested in helping with the Resource Room, please reach out to the Sloss Center by contacting slosscenter@iastate.edu.

If you are looking to donate supplies to the Resource Room, we are currently accepting the following donations:

  • Rice
  • Any spices, especially cumin, chilis, paprika, onion powder, pepper, and turmeric
  • Diapers of any size and wet wipes
  • Hair care products for textured hair
  • Toilet paper

Donate funds: The Sloss Resource Room ha s a dedicated ISU Foundation Account so 100% of your donations goes to provide students with basic necessities.

Shop from our wish list: Not sure what to purchase? We have a variety of items listed on our Amazon wish list.

Volunteer: Volunteer opportunities are in development. Please contact us at slosscenter@iastate.edu to learn more.

The Sloss Resource Room is supplied entirely through donations. Many thanks to our donors whose generous support makes it possible to maintain this resource.