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Student food pantry opens for business

University of Houston-Victoria students Melissa Torres, left, a San Antonio junior; Eliana Truss, a Chicago junior; and Brianna Torres, a San Antonio freshman; display some of the food items available in JP’s Market during Thursday’s open house event. The market is a food pantry for students from UHV and Victoria College. Students in need can get free items, including food and toiletries, from the pantry. The market also includes a career closet with free clothing and other clothing items that can be loaned out for job interviews. JP’s Market officially opened to students on Friday and served 81 students that day. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday inside UHV’s Jaguar Suites residence hall.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All Initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student popular, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.