Uvalde, Texas, Nov. 22 – A small, unremarkable closet in the Student Activities Lounge holds a wealth of goods for many students at Southwest Texas Junior College.
Inside, shelves are stocked with items such as pasta, canned goods, soups, water, peanut butter, chips, oatmeal and other similar items.
What is it? It is a food pantry for hungry students.
Eta Beta Chapter members of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa recently devised a plan to launch what is now the SWTJC Student Food Pantry.
The food pantry project helps fulfill the chapter’s requirement to maintain the 5-Star Chapter Status, which the Eta Beta Chapter has maintained for 39 years under the leadership of longtime advisor Barbra Blair and recently Randa Schell.
Each year, the Eta Beta Chapter works with SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales to develop a project that will benefit the campus community. Chapter officers and members recognized obtaining food is an enormous dilemma for many students, in particular for students with no transportation who remain on campus in the dorms.
Gonzales agreed to match donated funds up to $1,000. The first donation came from Wal-Mart in Uvalde in the form of $300 in non-perishable food items.
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