Friday, April 17, 2020
  Community, Alumni

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By Jonah Goldberg

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UTRGV Department of Intercollegiate Athletics often asks the university community to rally behind the department.

Now, the department is rallying behind the university community.

UTRGV Athletics has donated more than $4,000 worth of food originally set to be sold at the baseball concession stand – including 1,320 hotdogs – to the UTRGV Student Food Pantry, to help students who might be struggling with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other items donated include hotdog buns, pickles, jalapenos, a variety of chips and candy, peanuts, popcorn, sunflower seeds and other snacks.

Dr. Douglas R. Stoves, associate dean for Student Rights and Responsibilities, thanked their university partners at UTRGV Athletics for their generous donation.

“We know that these are difficult times for our students,” Stoves said. “The items they donated go a long way to helping students who are experiencing food insecurity during this challenging time.”

The UTRGV Student Food Pantry's mission is to help provide food supplements to students at UTRGV who have been affected by financial problems or conditions and subsequently are having trouble meeting their basic need of adequate nutrition. The food pantry gathers, stores and distributes food supplements to students in a manner that respects the dignity and worth of every student.

Students in need can place orders online at

  • Orders placed before noon Mondays can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Orders placed before noon Thursdays can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

On the Edinburg Campus, the student food pantry is located at University Center 114.

On the Brownsville Campus, the student food pantry is at Cavalry Hall 101 and 102.

To contact the food pantry, send an email to


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.