Almost 40% of college students in America face food insecurity, according to Feed America. The University of Texas at Arlington is working to combat this issue in students through the creation of the Maverick Pantry. The Maverick Pantry is “Feeding Student Success” through its commitment to creating and maintaining equitable access to food and essential items for all members of the university community.
The Pantry includes essentials like toiletries, food, and baby items for Maverick parents. The pantry is open to all students, faculty, and staff free of cost. It provides a store-like experience for customers and is located at 520 S Center St, Arlington, TX 76010. To shop, you must schedule an appointment by emailing EAF@uta.edu and bring your MAV Id.
In 2021, Kroger made a five-year $250,000 contribution to the pantry in support of the mission to fight food insecurity. The organization accepts monetary donations online and has an Amazon wishlist where those wishing to help can directly purchase needed items for the pantry. Without campus and community donations, the Maverick Pantry wouldn’t be possible.
While the Maverick Pantry focuses on providing food and toiletries to the University, it also offers other services. The pantry includes cap and gown rentals for graduates who need financial assistance as well as a professional development closet. The closet allows students access to professional attire for career and internship interviews. Similar to how the pantry runs, appointments are available to shop for items like pantsuits, blazers, socks, shoes, blouses, ties, and more. Sizes may vary as the closet is donation based.
If interested in renting a cap/gown or professional attire or donating yours, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTA is helping its students thrive academically, personally, and professionally by providing helpful resources like the pantry to students in need. To learn more about the ways UTA helps students thrive check out the Maverick Pantry website or follow them on Instagram.
Written by: Chase Fowler