TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Texas A&M University Texarkana has expanded the availability of its food pantry for students due to the pandemic.
The pantry used to be open once a month. Now, school officials say it will open every other Monday until the end of the fall semester.
When it first opened in the Fall of 2019, Assistant Director of Student Life Michael Stephenson says, 49 students showed up every month. Now, they are seeing 60 to 70 every time they open up and they have helped more than 500. Stephenson says the pandemic has made the financial struggle worse for students and their parents who have lost jobs.
The Eagle Pantry partners with Harvest Regional Food Bank to provide non-perishable and personal hygiene items.
“We’re taking down an additional barrier to one of our students to students’ success. You know students are already struggling a lot with everything going on. They could be raising a family, they could be working full-time. So if we can provide food and nourishment to get them through hard times, I think it’s so important to do that.”
The remaining dates and hours of operation for the fall semester are:
October 12| 12-6 pm
October 26| 12-6 pm
November 9| 12-6 pm
November 23| 12-6 pm
Students who need help outside of normal distribution days can contact email@example.com for assistance. Anyone interested in sponsoring or making a monetary donation to the Eagle Pantry should contact Michael Stephenson, Assistant Director of Student Life, at 903.223.1362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.