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OLLU opens food pantry at Worden School of Social Service

OLLU opens food pantry at Worden School of Social Service
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SAN ANTONIO — Our Lady of the Lake University Thursday celebrated the opening of a new food pantry along with the 80th anniversary of the Worden School of Social Service.

Led by the Worden School of Social Service and in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, the new food pantry is designed to address food insecurity at OLLU, according to a press release.

The food bank will be supported by local food donations and the OLLU Community Garden with the aim of increasing access to a stable, healthy, free food supply, including fresh produce, for all graduate and undergraduate students.

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According to the school’s website, the food supply will be managed by a licensed social worker who will train social work students in best practices for implementing the services that the larder will provide.

“In a recent survey of OLLU undergraduate and graduate students, using the USDA’s Food Insecurity Scale, OLLU found that 28% of undergraduate students and 22% of graduate students experience low food security. In addition, 34% of undergraduate students and 26% of graduate students identified themselves as having very low food security,” the website said.

The university celebrated its opening on Thursday along with the 80th anniversary of the Worden School. State Senator José Menéndez issued a proclamation recognizing Worden School as the first social work school in the Southwest.

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