Posted: 7/16/20

Dusty’s Food Pantry Continues to Meet TAMIU Student Needs; Seeks Donations



In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students who may be facing food insecurity can seek a temporary supplemental supply of non-perishable goods through Dusty’s Food Pantry.

To receive assistance, currently enrolled students should submit the online form available at https://www.tamiu.edu/foodpantry/. Upon successful completion, students can schedule an appointment with TAMIU’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement by calling 956.326.2265 or the Office of Housing and Residence Life by calling 956.326.3210.

Dusty’s Food Pantry remains open to currently enrolled students and is presently housed at the Student Center and University Village. Supplies are available for pickup Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Initially launched in 2017, Dusty’s Food Pantry provides daily access to non-perishable goods. Supplies are often donated by members of the University community, including fellow students, faculty, staff and administration, explained Mariana Rodríguez, Student Emergency Services coordinator. 

“Food insecurity is a real issue that affects our student body. I think it is beautiful to see that through Dusty’s Food Pantry, we can assist students and help them succeed. Through Dusty’s Food Pantry, our University community truly demonstrates a spirit of service and empathy as Dustdevils help fellow Dustdevils,” said Rodríguez. 

Throughout the upcoming Fall semester, additional and ongoing safety measures are in place including cleaning items before stocking them in the pantry, as well as disinfecting the pantry after use. 

Currently, Dusty’s Food Pantry is collecting toiletry items. In-demand items include band-aids, deodorant, floss, hand soap, sanitary napkins, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more. Students who donate are also eligible to receive up to five volunteer service hours.  Walk-in donations can be made at the Student Center, room 226 or at the University Village.

For more information on making a donation or seeking temporary assistance, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement at 956.326.2265, via email at scce@tamiu.edu or visit www.tamiu.edu/scce

Registration for Fall 2020 is now underway. TAMIUFlex, Hybrid, Face-to-Face and online courses will all have the same tuition rates. An online catalog containing a list of all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs is at http://catalog.tamiu.edu

TAMIU ranks 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment (ROI), according to ranking authority Great Value Colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Edition of its popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in its Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of the Texas A&M University System.

Most recently, TAMIU earned a top tier ranking for its COVID-19 Pandemic response. The 2020 Educate to Career College ranking placed TAMIU in Tier I for colleges and universities that have responded to the pandemic in ways that benefit and protect students, especially in terms of available online learning resources. Some 1200 colleges across the nation were reviewed.

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU’s campus is closed only to the general public. Entry to campus continues for students, faculty, staff and those having legitimate reasons to be on campus. Online and virtual services at the University continue, practicing all CDC Guidelines on gathering, masking and social distancing and with most staff working remotely.  

Office hours are subject to change and it is recommended that phone or email contact be made first to determine the office’s schedule of operation.   An online directory is here.