Food, emergency resources available to students this spring


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Resources including Student Emergency Services, Sure Walk and locations in the Texas Union will be available to students for the spring semester, following policies from the fall semester. 

UT Outpost

UT Outpost reopened for students on Jan. 5 and will be open for students throughout the spring and into the summer. Sara Kennedy, director of strategic and executive communications for the Office of the Dean of Students, said students can order food online and pick it up or work one-on-one with staff to get professional clothes.

“They are currently working on a contactless pickup method and really trying to make it as safe as possible for students as well as the student workers and staff who work at the Outpost itself,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said students can pick up 20 pounds of food twice a month as opposed to once a month in previous semesters.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is available to all students and can be used on necessities such as food, rent and utilities. Kennedy said the Student Emergency Services office is open and available for walk-ins if students are in need of private meetings regarding support resources.

Sure Walk

Blanca Gamez, Parking and Transportation Services associate director, said Sure Walk opened for service on Jan. 15. Gamez said both walks and rides are socially distanced, and the service will be emphasizing walks over car rides. 

Gamez said car rides have limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines and require face coverings. All vehicles are sanitized between rides. 

UT Night Rides is also an option for UT Community members who need a safe ride home, Gamez said. 

The Texas Union

The Union is currently closed due to maintenance and is scheduled to reopen at the end of January, said David Anthony, director of business services for University Unions. Once open, Anthony said the Union will return to its hours from the fall semester: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Anthony said the Union Proudly Serve Starbucks will reopen once maintenance is completed by the end of the month, and the Proudly Serve Starbucks in the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center will open Jan. 19. Both locations will serve Starbucks coffee and an expanded grab-and-go food menu. Students will be able to use Dine In Dollars at both locations. 

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the stores inside the Union and the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center are Proudly Serve Starbucks stores, not Starbucks stores. The Texan regrets this error.