Tuesday, April 23, 2024

UTSA Whataburger Resource Room’s Move-in Market: A new way to support student success

UTSA Whataburger Resource Room’s Move-in Market: A new way to support student success

BACK TO CLASS

AUGUST 24, 2022 — The UTSA Whataburger Resource Room is one of many services aligned with the university’s commitment to the holistic care of each student. Stocked with food items, toiletries, school supplies and other essentials, these pantries, located on the Main and Downtown campuses, allow students to focus on their educational goals and achieve success, instead of worrying about where they will find their next meal.

This year, the UTSA Student Union, which oversees the resource rooms, is adding a new event during Roadrunner Days — the Move-in Market. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, students can go to the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom on the Main Campus to receive Rowdy Bucks, which can be used to shop for gently used items. There is also the chance for participants to enter a drawing for a TV.

The food pantry services are made possible through partnerships with Whataburger, the San Antonio Food Bank and UTSA departments, including Campus Services, Alumni Engagement and Facility Services. The Resource Room also receives monetary and item donations from students, faculty, staff and community members.


“Having the pantry to rely on when I am running low on food or supplies in general is one of the best feelings ever.”



“That one conversation you have with the student to let them know about this resource could be life-changing for them,” said Nikki Lee, senior associate director for the event services division of the Student Union.

When asked what faculty and staff can do to better support the initiatives of the Resource Room, Lee, who oversees the food pantry operations, said it is important to encourage university employees to offer donations and to inform students about the pantries and their services.

The resource rooms have had significant, positive ripple effects for the campus community. The Downtown and Main Campus pantries served over 10,000 people during the 2021-2022 school year. The pantries also create multiple work study employment and volunteer opportunities for students each year.

Students enjoy the robust offerings and support of the pantries. They also appreciate how this service is helping to chip away at stigmas around food insecurity, at a time when inflation is having noticeable consequences for many.


EXPLORE FURTHER
⇒ Learn more about the Whataburger Resource Room, including how to help support the pantries.

“Having the pantry to rely on when I am running low on food or supplies in general is one of the best feelings ever and I'm very happy with the work that is being done here for us,” stated one student.

The Move-in Market will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 25 and 26 in the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom.

Nichole Lantis



UTSA Today is produced by University Strategic Communications,
the official news source
of The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Send your feedback to news@utsa.edu.


UTSA Today is produced by University Communications and Marketing, the official news source of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Send your feedback to news@utsa.edu. Keep up-to-date on UTSA news by visiting UTSA Today. Connect with UTSA online at Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.


Spotlight

Spotlight

dtc-utsa-sign_680.png
University of Texas at San Antonio receives ‘transformational’ $40M gift

UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

UTSA’S Destinations

UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education .

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to promoting access for all. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.