Posted on November 5, 2020 by Amanda Cerreto

Students in the roadrunner pantry Thanks to an award from Dairy Max , the Roadrunner Food Pantry has received a dairy cooler to offer milk, yogurt and cheese to our Roadrunners.

"During this pandemic, it was essential for the Student Union to keep the Roadrunner Pantry open five days a week," said Nikki Lee, Senior Associate Director of the UTSA Student Union. "Milk continues to be the most requested item, and this cooler from Dairy Max allows us to provide a constant source."

Knowing what a critical feature it would be - especially during the times of COVID-19, Lee and the director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UTSA, Liset Vasquez , partnered to write the grant proposal to obtain the dairy cooler.

“Dairy foods provide important nutrients and can be easily incorporated into many dishes,” said Vasquez.

The Roadrunner Pantry is open to all students in need with a valid UTSA ID. The UTSA Student Union, realizing the true need to provide the basic necessity of nutritious food to students struggling with food access and insecurity, and through rigorous research of current higher education practices, established the Roadrunner Pantry in 2017. By providing access to healthy and nutritious foods, the food pantry helps students reach their full academic and personal potential.

The Roadrunner Pantry relies on the support of our campus community for food and toiletries. Items can be dropped off at the Roadrunner Pantry Donation Station located in UTSA Student Union North (across from the Bookstore). The pantry also accepts monetary donations to ensure food is always available. Our partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank helps us use these funds to purchase food for stocking the pantry for students in need.

— Amanda Cerreto