Food pantry

ALERT – Upcoming Food Pantry distribution for social work students

  • August 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • August 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To reserve a box and a pick-up time, social work students (social work minors, majors and graduate students) must complete this survey by August 10 at noon. If you are unable to make it, please select “unable to come to campus” on the survey and we will work with you to find other arrangements. Check the survey for additional details on pickup logistics. Students who have a need for food but cannot come to the Steve Hicks School building can request delivery.


Mission of the Food Pantry

The mission of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work Food Pantry is to provide supplemental food to UT Austin social work students (undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students) experiencing food insecurity.

Due to limited resources, the Steve Hicks School food pantry does not currently provide supplemental food for non-social work students on campus. Scroll down for other food access resources in Austin.

food pantry bagsResponse to COVID-19

In spring 2020, the food pantry operations shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social work students’ urgent and growing need for food. In recognition of the importance of social distancing practices, food is being distributed in prepackaged bags and boxes with curbside pick-up. Curbside pick-ups are planned approximately every two weeks for now, until the need for supplemental food due to the economic stresses of the pandemic decreases. Dates for food pantry pick-ups will be shared with Steve Hicks School students through email, on this website and through social media communications.

How to Donate


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In 2014, Steve Hicks School faculty members were hearing that students were coming to class hungry and were unable to afford food to eat. In the tradition of social work advocates and change-makers throughout history, these faculty members started a food pantry in the student lounge/kitchen of the social work building with their personal funding and a couple trips to the grocery store. Since then, the food pantry has been operated by a partnership among social work students, faculty, staff and Steve Hicks School advisory council members.

Other Resources for Supplemental Food in Austin

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