(Oct. 23, 2017) – With a gift of $3,000, local grocery retailer H-E-B is expanding the impact of the Roadrunner Pantry, an on-campus food bank that is helping ensure UTSA students have access to food to eat. The gift will help UTSA stock the pantry’s shelves with food and other essentials.
“We are beyond grateful to H-E-B for their willingness to help our students,” said Nikki Lee, senior associate director of events management in the University Center, who oversee the Roadrunner Pantry. “Without their help, we may not have been able to keep up with demand in light of increased enrollment and the many students needing relief because of Hurricane Harvey.”
Since opening its doors in March 2017, the Roadrunner Pantry has distributed nearly 8,000 pounds of food and almost 2,500 nonfood items to UTSA students.
Last month, the pantry received a gift card from H-E-B to purchase food to stock the pantry. Previously, H-E-B has supported other university programs that have benefited undergraduate and graduate students in addition to faculty recruitment.
Additionally, the pantry raised $5,111 during a crowdfunding project this semester to commemorate National Hunger Action Month. Contributions from 102 donors—including students, faculty, staff and alumni—made the effort a success. Through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, every one dollar donated can be turned into seven meals offered through the pantry.
The Roadrunner Pantry is also building on campus partnerships, as well. Campus Services and UTSA Dining have committed to providing 1,800 meals at the Roadrunner Café for students in need.
One of the interns working with the Roadrunner Pantry this semester is Rosalynda Rodea, a senior in the coordinated program in dietetics at UTSA. She reviews thank you notes left by students utilizing the pantry.
“Some of the stories I read are from students who don’t know on Friday how they are going to eat over the weekend,” said Rodea.
Jamilyn Keeton, a senior public administration major and a student team member at the pantry, echoes Rosalynda’s message.
“It’s really hard to be food insecure, because we’re students and that should be our first priority,” Keeton said.
The Roadrunner Pantry relies on donations and community support to meet the student demand. Food donations can be dropped off at the Roadrunner Pantry Donation Station in the University Center across from the bookstore. The UTSA community can also sign up a department, organization or an event for a food drive here. Additionally, the pantry accepts monetary donations and welcomes volunteers.
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus