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Student bakers contribute their talents for others in need


In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, STC Culinary Arts students baked thousands of cookies, hundreds of loaves of bread, and hundreds of pies as part of a virtual bake sale fundraiser created to support the college’s student food pantry at its three main campuses.

South Texas College Culinary Arts students strapped on their aprons and stepped up to support their peers in need this holiday season,

In lieu of the department’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet this year, the South Texas College Culinary Arts Program hosted a Thanks-for-Giving Virtual Bake Sale in support of the college Student Food Pantry.

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Culinary department chair chef Jennifer Guerra directed students who baked thousands of cookies, hundreds of loaves of bread, and hundreds of pies as part of the virtual bake sale fundraiser.

“We understand that some students face food insecurities, and especially now with COVID-19 we know that some are enduring extreme hardships, so we thought very hard about how to help,” said chef Guerra. “Raising funds for the food pantry supports students and ensures that they stay enrolled at school. I know I speak for all at South Texas College who feel that alleviating these concerns by students is paramount, and we have to enable them to continue with their classes without having them worry about something like food.”

The Student Food Pantry was established to support students experiencing food insecurity by providing them with adequate nutritious food. This year more than any other, the food pantry was a vital resource for hundreds of students and their families who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pantry enabled many students and their families to receive essential food items they needed to weather the difficult period and stay on track in their education.

For additional information on pantry services, students can visit https://life.southtexascollege.edu/food-pantry/. They will need to provide their full name, address, phone number, and student “A” number.

Students can find a range of other services at www.southtexascollege.edu. For students needing to schedule an appointment, they can visit the admissions portal at https://studentservices.southtexascollege.edu/admissions/.

Culinary Arts has opened new courses at Mid Valley this semester, and they are being conducted using the hybrid system enacted by STC for the fall utilizing in-person and online instruction. Culinary classes at Mid Valley include Basic Food Preparation; Pies, Tarts, Teacakes & Cookies; Cake Decorating; the Fundamentals of Baking; and Professional Kitchen Essentials.

For more information about STC’s Culinary Arts Program, please visit https://bt.southtexascollege.edu/culinary/ or contact Jennifer Guerra at 956-872-2214.