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‘Peanut Butter Parking’ concludes with over 661 lbs of donations

Genevieve Vega
The peanut butter stash in the Whataburger Resource Room, located in the Student Union (SU 1.04.06).

Earlier this month, Campus Services collected over 661 pounds of peanut butter for the Whataburger Resource Room as part of its annual Peanut Butter Parking campaign. The campaign returned this year for the first time since 2019, allowing over 200 individuals to pay for parking citations received between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 with a jar of peanut butter. 

“All donations were delivered to the Whataburger Resource Room to support our Roadrunners and help reduce food insecurity on campus,” Clay Haverland, assistant vice president for Campus Services, said. 

Haverland shared that creamy peanut butter was the favorite this year. “The donations were a mix of peanut butter payments for citations, as well as donations without citations,” he said.

Beyond the donations they collect through the Peanut Butter Parking campaign, Campus Services works with UTSA Dining to ensure that the Whataburger Resource Room has the resources it needs to support Roadrunners facing food insecurity. 

“Each year, we donate meals to the Whataburger Resource Room’s meal share program, which allows students in need to request up to 15 donated meals per semester,” Haverland said. “Last year, a total of 3,884 meals were donated to the program from Campus Services’ annual meal donation allotment, donations from the fall and spring Swipe Out Hunger campaigns and UTSA Dining’s pledge to match all Swipe Out Hunger donations.”

The Peanut Butter Parking campaign will return next fall, continuing on the schedule Campus Services established before the COVID-19 Pandemic. In the meantime, Campus Services encourages students to give back to the Roadrunner community in other ways, such as donating up to two unused meal “swipes” during the Swipe Out Hunger event in October, hosted by UTSA Dining and Campus Services. Throughout the month, UTSA Dining will match every donation to double its impact.

To learn more about the Peanut Butter Parking and Swipe Out Hunger campaigns, visit the Campus Services website.

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Jessica McLaren, News Editor
Jessica McLaren is a senior digital communications student. She is from Austin, Texas, and she has been working with The Paisano for several years now — first as a staff writer and now as the News Editor. Though she has loved to write for virtually her entire life, Jess only recently discovered her passion for visual design through her studies at UTSA. She values open-mindedness and compassion and believes the media is a powerful tool that can be used to strengthen the forces of humanity if used mindfully. Once she graduates, Jess plans to use her expertise in writing, editing and design to help people better understand themselves and the world around them by creating compelling and engaging communication campaigns as a self-employed writer and designer. When she’s not writing an article or researching for one, you can usually find her reading a book about philosophy with a good cup of coffee.
Genevieve Vega, Staff Writer

Genevieve (she/her) is a second-year Biomedical Engineering student. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school for Biomedical Engineering. She joined The Paisano in Fall 2022. In her free time she enjoys being with family and friends, doing arts and crafts, reading and watching TV.

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