According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the food insecurity rate in Texas is above the national average and ten percent of clients are self-identified college students (3 million students) with food insecurity and need (Feeding America, 2014).
The Roadrunner Pantry and UTSA Whataburger Resource Room is a direct response to the need among our student population for more resources to fight food insecurity. UTSA students may find themselves in financial distress because of unforeseen living and college expenses and must sometimes choose between paying bills and providing nutritious food for themselves or their families.
The pantry operates solely on donations from the campus community. Donations go towards feeding students! In the month of March 2022, we were able to serve 1,562 guests, distributing 12,267 pounds of food and 2,871 non-food items. Your contribution will provide nutritious foods and supplies to help support students with their basic needs. As a partner of the San Antonio Food Bank, we are able to purchase food and non-food items. We also purchase food for students from other local groceries for items such as milk, bread, produce, and hygiene products.
As the UTSA Whataburger Resource Room continues to grow, we also hope to expand on the services we provide. We are happy to announce that Spring 2022 is the official launch of the Grad Gown Lending Program! This program is being created to support a limited number of undergraduate or graduate students who want to fully participate in Spring 2022 Commencement events but may be experiencing financial hardship preventing them from purchasing a gown.
Help The Roadrunner Pantry and Whataburger Resource Room with a donation today. Your donations will continue to make a huge impact on feeding student success!
If you are interested in donating to other wellbeing initiatives for students, consider Wellbeing/Mental Health, Student Emergency Fund, or the UTSA Recovery Center.
The Roadrunner Pantry is open to all students in need with a valid UTSA ID. Food and non-food items are limited to 5 items per day. For more information and hours of operation of The Roadrunner Pantry, visit our website.
P: 210.458.EATS (3287)
Supervisor: Nikki Lee