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, minors and graduate students) experiencing food insecurity.

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Upcoming food pantry distribution for social work students
  • Pick-up Tuesday, July 27th or Thursday, July 29th, 2021, 1:00-3:00p.m. Order through this form before July 26th by 3:00 p.m.

Food Pantry Pick-up: July 27th or July 29th from 1pm-3pm

If you are a social work minor, major, or graduate student currently experiencing food insecurity, you can coordinate with SSW staff to schedule a time to get access to the building and food pantry. Shelf stable food and shopping bags will be available and students can take what they need. Food pantry updates will be sent to all students once the SSW building is open again. More information can be found on the form. This survey must be completed by 3pm on Monday, July 26th for food pick-up on July 27th or July 29th. If you need additional assistance, apply for our student emergency fund.

Food Pantry Order Form

Please note: Starting in the month of June, students be able to pick up shelf-stable items on campus from the food pantry (kitchen in the student lounge) in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work building. Until the SSW building is open again, students should email swfoodpantry@gmail.com to coordinate with SSW staff to schedule a time to get access to the building and food pantry. Shelf-stable food and shopping bags will be available and students can take what they need. Food pantry updates will be sent to all students once the SSW building is open again. 

About the Steve Hicks School food pantry

In 2014, social work faculty members were hearing that students were coming to class hungry and were unable to afford groceries. In the tradition of social work advocates and change-makers throughout history, these faculty members started a food pantry in the student kitchen of the social work building using their personal funds to make a couple of 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.

Read a story about the food pantry.

Response to COVID-19

In spring 2020, the food pantry operations shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and students’ continuous and growing need for food. Following social distancing practices, food began to be distributed in pre-packaged 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 are shared with Steve Hicks School students through email, on this website and through social media communications

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