TSTC Food Pantry ensures students have needed dietary resources

(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is committed to ensuring that students have everything they need to make the most of their education, including food. One of the ways this is done is via the TSTC Food Pantry, which provides students with meal assistance should they ever need it.

TSTC Advocacy and Resource coordinator Patty Flores discussed the logistics of the food pantry, as well as what students should do if they need dietary assistance.

When is the TSTC Food Pantry open?

The Food Pantry is open on Mondays and Tuesdays or by appointment. It is located at the Advocacy and Resource Center in the Student Center, room 132. Many students are facing additional stressors during this pandemic, so we have transitioned our snack pantry to a food pantry for students facing food insecurities.

What is the process for students if they need assistance?

TSTC students can stop by, sign in, and fill two bags with items from the shelves. If it is determined that the student may need additional resources, I can provide them with community resources that offer assistance with food. Students can also apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits using one of our computers.

What is the turnaround time for students who need food?

 Students are able to get items usually the same day, based on availability. They can stop by when we are open or schedule an appointment.

Who would students contact if they need help?

Students can contact me at 956-364-4525 or patty.flores@tstc.edu, or stop by the Advocacy and Resource Center.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.