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Student Food Pantry Feeds the Need

Social work major Jacquelyn Herrera, manager for the Student Food Pantry on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, and Cristina Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry, restock shelves in the pantry. At UTRGV, student food pantries on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses work year-round to help ease food insecurity for university students. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

September is Hunger Action Month, a time to take a pro-active part in ending hunger. For UTRGV’s Cristina Vega, helping others fight hunger is her job. “We have a lot of jokes in society, like, ‘Ha. Ha. Poor college student. You’re probably eating Ramen.’ And that’s not really something to joke about, because it’s a reality,” said Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry. The Student Food Pantry is a free…

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#clearthelists of RGV Teachers

Letty Macias, Belinda Trevino, and Karen Aguirre, teachers at Perez Elementary in McAllen ISD, look over their Amazon classroom wish lists.

On Aug. 8, I received this Facebook message from Susan Valverde, a close friend who lives in McAllen but is the chief franchise operations officer for Sylvan Learning’s corporate offices in Maryland:  “Hey Chris – are you familiar with clear the list Texas? It is an effort to help teachers with their back-to-school supplies list and has gained a lot of traction. A teacher can set up an Amazon wish…

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Thrift Store Helps Victims

Customers browse racks of used clothing at Repeat Performance, which is open Monday through Saturday on Jackson Street in Harlingen. (VBR)

One of the shops along Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen is a thrift store that not only recycles old clothes and other merchandise, it fosters new beginnings for victims of domestic family violence and sexual assault. The small retail outlet is operated by the Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley. “Repeat Performance generates revenue that comes back into the center to help us run the center,” said Laura…

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