Food pantry opens for UTSA students

SAN ANTONIO - The University of Texas at San Antonio opened "Roadrunner Pantry" Monday. The pantry carries more than 8,000 pounds of food, available to any UTSA student.

UTSA senior Danielle Ashburn was one of the first students to explore the pantry. "It's right here on campus so it's very convenient," she said.

After a brief ribbon cutting Monday, a red carpet led to the newly-opened pantry. It is stocked with cereal, pasta and even shampoo.

Ashburn lives just a few feet away in a dorm. She can take home five food items for free.

"We're trying to manage bills as a student, and it's really hard," she said. "This is a great opportunity for students."

Stocking the room with 8,000 pounds of food, all donated, doesn't happen overnight. It's been several years in the making. Staff member and student Rebecca Conejo worked with UTSA on the project for two years.

"This is a new idea for UTSA and San Antonio," Conejo said.

Conejo researched alongside UTSA staff, learned how to take inventory and, most importantly, how to get donations. It was hard work, but she said she did it all for her peers.

"There's a lot of stigma that college students are broke," she said, "that we're living off Ramen noodles, but it's the reality."

Ashburn said she's grateful.

"It's helping everyone," she said. "We're all students. We're all human. We all need help from time to time."

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