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Student Emergency Services Pantry

We're Launching a Food Pantry and Career Closet

Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students is launching a food pantry and career closet to support students on our campus.

Hunger and food insecurity on our campus is real. Between 2015-16 and 2016-17, Student Emergency Services saw a 28% increase in the number of students helped with food-related needs. We know food insecurity makes it hard for students to stay in class and succeed, and our goal is to help students understand and identify food insecurity, as well as making nutritious food readily available to students when they need it.

Along with our food pantry, our team is launching a career closet to make sure every Longhorn has access to professional clothes for job and internship interviews. Emergencies and financial hardships can interfere with student success beyond the classroom, and this program will serve as an additional resource for students.

Food for Fines

Food for Fines is a pilot program developed, from Parking and Transportation and Student Government, to support the Student Emergency Services food pantry. The program allows those with qualified parking citations to pay them off through donations of 40-oz plastic jars of peanut butter.

Food for Fines runs April 11-27, 2018. For terms and conditions, eligible donations and citations, and where to donate, go to the Food for Fines web page at:

Make a Gift

The success of these programs will depend on the support of our campus community. You can be a part of that success by making a financial gift today, or by donating any of the following food or professional clothing items needed by our programs.

To schedule a donation, set up a food drive, or learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Will Ross at or at 512-232-6174.

Food Pantry Needs

We need these nutritious foods:
  • Canned meats (examples: tuna, canned chicken, etc.)
  • Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, mac & cheese)
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Canned or dried beans and peas
  • Pasta, rice, cereal, dry mixes (example: pancake mix)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juices (canned, plastic, or boxed)
  • Shelf-Stable Milk (example: dry milk)
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
  • Any healthy, low-fat and/or low-sugar products
To ensure safety, we can NOT use:
  • Perishable items
  • Homemade items
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Open or used items
  • Expired items
  • Rusty or unlabeled cans
  • Glass container items

Career Closet Needs

We need these new or gently used and cleaned professional items:
  • Neck ties and bow ties
  • Dress shirts, blouses, long and short sleeves
  • Suit jackets, blazers, and vests
  • Belts (black and brown colors)
  • Dress skirts
  • Dress pants, slacks, capris
  • Dress shoes, heels, and flats
  • New dress socks and stockings
  • Portfolios, briefcases, and purses
  • Professional accessories
  • Medical Scrubs
We can NOT use:
  • Jeans, shorts, non-professional pants
  • Items with holes, tears, stains, or overly-worn items
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts, hoodies
  • Hats
  • Winter coats
  • Casual dress clothing


If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below.