A&M-Texarkana Food Pantry Seeing Increased Student Need
Texas A&M-Texarkana's Food Bank was started just a little over a year ago. There was always a need for it but now with Covid-19, there is an even bigger need.
Michael Stephenson, TAMUT’s Assistant Director of Student Life stated in a press release, “We launched the “Eagle Pantry” in September of 2019 after running a needs assessment to determine if it was something our students needed,” said Stephenson. “I had been hearing about food pantries at universities from some student life workers from other institutions. It was something I hadn’t considered for TAMUT, but after our needs assessment survey we determined that it would benefit our students.”
The first month it was open the Eagle Pantry served 49 students and saw a total of 343 students during the academic year, despite being closed from April through August. Because he felt there would be an additional need due to the pandemic, Stephenson decided to open the pantry twice each month instead of only once, and served 81 people in September.
One anonymous student provided a testimonial about how the Eagle Pantry benefitted her family, and how this year has been even more difficult than others. “The food pantry has benefited me extremely because it provided food stability for me and my brother,” shared the student. “I still continue to have a shortage of money because I was laid off from work…due to COVID-19. I struggled with payments for monthly rental, utility, insurance, and car bills; and on top of that, providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the nights closest to rent being due, we would only eat 1 meal a day with a small snack if we had leftover cash. I can't express enough how thankful I was when I found out TAMUT had a food pantry! It took a lot of stress off of me; and being my brother's guardian, I wanted to make sure my brother was full and happy. It truly is a blessing to have found a university that cares dearly for their students and wants the best for them.”
Located in room 114 of the Science and Technology Building, the Eagle Pantry feeds student success by providing essential non-perishable and personal hygiene items to students in need. The pantry is run through a partnership with Harvest Regional Food Bank and is available to any student in need who presents a current TAMUT student ID card.
The remaining dates and hours of operation for the fall semester are:
October 12, from 12PM-6PM
October 26, 12PM-6PM
November 9, 12PM-6PM
November 23, 12PM-6PM
Students who need help outside of normal distribution days can contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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