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UHD, Houston Food Bank Providing School Supplies, Food to K-12 Students Jan. 27


By Mike Emery

Despite the pandemic, the University of Houston-Downtown Community is undeterred from its mission of community service. This week, UHD’s Gators will come together (from a safe distance and wearing masks) to support the nearby Near Northside community.

With support from longtime collaborator the Houston Food Bank (HFB), UHD is participating in the Backpack Buddy Program this week. The HFB initiative serves Houston-area K-12 students by providing food, school supplies and hygiene packs.

On Jan. 27, the University will host a Backpack Buddy Pop-up Shop from 3 to 6 p.m. in UHD’s Daly Street Parking Lot. Volunteers are still needed for this event.

Faculty, staff and students will distribute items to students and their families. This is a drive-thru event. Those arriving to pick up items will be required to check-in and sign required forms before pulling up to different stations that will distribute various items to help ensure a healthy return to school.

This event complements previous collaborations with the Houston Food Bank that have supported its own students through recent Health and Food Fairs. Additionally, the Houston Food Bank supports the University’s Food for Change Program Market, which provides groceries for all of its students.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.