Community members and businesses are contributing to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s RaiderAid Food Pantry to ensure students in need are receiving essential food items and pantry staples.
The RaiderAid Food Pantry has seen an increase in demand since the COVID-19 pandemic hit El Paso.
“Recent donations for the food pantry are greatly appreciated, as they go directly to supporting our students,” said Javier Calzadillas, senior analyst at TTUHSC El Paso’s Foster School of Medicine.
“Our institution is heavily focused on the holistic well-being of each and every one of our students, and food security supports the most basic physical wellness needs. By having access to this resource, our students are better able to focus on their academic and extracurricular success rather than where their next meal is coming from.”
Contributions in recent weeks include:
- The donation of instant ramen, canned pinto beans, cookies, bottled water, pasta, chips and tomato sauce from Paul and Suzanne Dipp, owners of Economy Cash & Carry.
- An Albertsons grocery gift card from Stephen Peterson, owner of 3Pete Logistics, LLC.
- 100 pounds of pinto beans from Food City Supermarkets. The pinto beans were separated into four-pound bags to be distributed to 25 students.
The pantry is open to all TTUHSC El Paso students and can be accessed any day of the week. Nonperishable items for breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, as well as some cold items and drinks.
The pantry was started by the Gold Humanism Honor Society in partnership with TTUHSC El Paso’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Health. The university’s Student Government Association has provided support for the pantry and allocated funds to assist in maintaining its food resources.
To donate to the TTUHSC El Paso RaiderAid Food Pantry, contact Valerie A. Garcia, Director of Development for Institutional Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.