CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Izzy’s Food Pantry is a new initiative of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, in partnership with the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, to provide food assistance for currently enrolled Islander students. Starting Friday, Sept. 1, the food pantry will open to ensure students’ nutritional needs are met and to minimize adverse impacts on their academic progress. The food pantry will be located in the University Center, room 204, and is partially supported by generous donations.
“It is a sign of strength to ask for help, when you need help,” said Dr. Don D. Albrecht, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success at the Island University. “We want Izzy’s Food Pantry to be that help for our students. We want our students to stay at the University and complete their education.”
According to a 2016 report, “Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students,” food insecurity is a problem in college campuses across the country. Thousands of students are unable to perform well academically and discontinue enrollment because they lack sufficient means to support themselves and pay for their education. This food pantry seeks to be a solution for those students experiencing food insecurity by offering nutritional options to keep the Islander students fed, healthy and energized to continue their academic endeavors.
“This is the first Food Bank of Corpus Christi pantry that is at a college campus,” said Kathy Rios, Agency Relations Manager at the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. “This is a whole new demographic for us. We are really excited to be part of this new initiative.”
Izzy’s Food Pantry will provide 10 non-perishable food items once a week at no charge to any currently enrolled students in need. Islanders students fill out a federal application form available at the food pantry to begin receiving this service.
Donations to fight food insecurity on campus are essential to keep the food pantry running and to impact positively on the educational experience of the students. The Island University will accept non-perishable food items and monetary donations starting Monday, Aug. 21. Non-perishable food items can be donated at the University Center, room 204. Financial gifts can be given through payroll deductions or via credit card.
“Historically, our students, organizations, faculty and staff have been supportive of charitable food drives on campus,” said Dr. Lisa Perez, Assistant Vice President for Student Life at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We are excited that these food drives can now directly benefit our students.”
For more information, visit foodpantry.tamucc.edu, or call 361.825. FOOD (3663).