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Lion Co-Op


Eat, Learn, Graduate, Give

The Lion Co-Op was founded to help students who are dealing with food insecurity…a reduction in the quality or variety of food intake, which often results in disrupted eating patterns. In other words, many college students don’t have money to buy enough food or quality food. Lack of adequate nutrition can be a considerable obstacle to academic success. 


What does the Lion Co-Op Provide?

  • Food and personal items to students, faculty, staff, and Lion Cubs
  • Hosts an experiential classroom that can be used by any discipline (use your prefix with #488)


Who can use the Lion Co-Op?

Any student or employee of MSSU, you just need a Lion Card


How do I get items and what can I get?

Shop at the Lion Co-op in the 3rd floor of Spiva Library, bring your Lion Card.


How can you be involved?

  • Share your research and partnership proposals
  • Make a donation
    • Items can be dropped off on the third floor of Spiva Library at the main circulation desk.
      • Things that are in high demand are : microwavable entrees like – mac and cheese, ramen noodles, soups; snack food – granola bars, fruit snacks, peanut butter and crackers; Other food items: peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, jam; Personal Hygiene items: toilet paper, deodorant, body soap.

Donations can also be made through the MSSU Foundation.


Opportunities to Volunteer with the Lion Co-Op

  • Time 
    • Assist during open hours of operation, filling orders and checking out patrons
    • Pick up donations from donation boxes around campus and the community
    • Organize donations, track inventory and stock shelves 
  • Coordinate donation drives with the Lion Co-Op with your organization, group or club 
  • Internships and Practicums 
    • Interdisciplinary opportunities for internships and practicum students including Health Promotions, Social Work, Marketing, Communication and Technical Writing and more.  Build career skills and experience while earning educational credits through projects such as Adopt-A-Lion, social media & marketing campaigns, grant writing, and food system research.  

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