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Opened just ahead of the fall 2015 semester, the Tarleton Food Pantry is a collaboration of the university’s Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, the Division of Student Life and off-campus groups—including H.O.P.E. Inc. The pantry helps students stay enrolled and enjoy academic success without worrying about their next meal or whether to pay for one necessity or another.
Before the pantry opened in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, faculty and staff kept healthy snacks in their offices to make sure students were fed, not hungry, and ready to perform at their best. Now, students can receive enough food for two to three days without answering prying questions or completing daunting forms. A student ID number is all that’s required.
In the first two months of the pantry’s operation, almost 140 students were served.
“While Stephenville is blessed with several community resources, not all students have transportation to take advantage of them,” said Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, director of Tarleton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Many are between paychecks, waiting for money from home or looking for a job. Others need food to supplement their university meal plan. Regardless of the reason, Tarleton students have plenty to eat thanks to the generosity of churches, organizations and businesses like DST. We are ever grateful for all those who support the food pantry.”
For more information on the Tarleton Food Pantry, visit https://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/studentactivities/food-pantry.html.