Texas State received United Way grant to support COVID-19 rapid response efforts

Inside TXST

Jayme Blashcke | April 22, 2020

women working in food bank

The United Way for Greater Austin has awarded Texas State University a $10,000 grant as part of COVID-19 rapid response efforts. 

The grant will directly support Bobcat Bounty, helping address food insecurity in Hays County and the Texas State community by replenishing the food pantry and ensuring it is staffed throughout the summer. 

The grant comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a negative economic impact on the community, causing reduced and lost work. Populations already at risk of food insecurity are disproportionately impacted by the widespread closures and cancellations. 

Observing social distancing policies to protect the health of volunteers and clients, pre-bagged groceries are available through Bobcat Bounty every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Family and Consumer Sciences building. The curated bags contain non-perishable items such as high-protein foods and healthy carbohydrates, as well as fresh produce.

When preparing the bags of groceries, all Bobcat Bounty staff members and volunteers wash their hands immediately upon arrival and put on gloves and face masks. All food contact surfaces and tables are sanitized with a CDC-approved disinfectant before they are used. As bags are packed, staff work at a 6-foot distance from each other, with a two-person limit per room. Throughout the bagging process, all surfaces are consistently sanitized after contact.

Bobcat Bounty has benefitted from a strong partnership with the Hays County Food Bank, which is experiencing an increase in clients. Community members who are interested in supporting Bobcat Bounty during this time can donate directly to the Hays County Food Bank so that they can purchase food and supplies for clients facing food insecurity throughout the county.

Students who are interested in Bobcat Bounty distributions can stay updated through their FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts or email bobcatbounty@txstate.edu to be added to the mailing list.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922