SAN ANTONIO --  It's been one year since the University of Texas at San Antonio opened a food pantry on campus to help make sure students are getting enough to eat.

"Who doesn't love Chick-fil-A or Panda Express?" asked UTSA junior Maynard J. Galloway.

Galloway is like a lot of UTSA students.

"I'm doing a double major in global affairs and radio and television broadcasting with a minor in film studies," he said.

He's driven but he didn't always have the fuel to succeed.

"I used to sleep on bathroom floors on this campus," he said.

Galloway spent his life in foster care, and until recently was a homeless student.

"I would kind of like casually grab it as if it was mine and sit at the table like I was sitting there and I would eat the food that other people didn't finish because I was hungry," he said.

With no meal plan or even a tooth brush he found the Roadrunner food pantry.

"A lot of people don't even realize that we exist," Galloway said.

This past year it became evident when nearly 3,700 UTSA students stopped by to get something to eat.

"We provide free access to all UTSA students. We're open four days a week," said Nikki Lee with the UTSA Student Union.

The setup is like a grocery store and students can come and go as they please.

One of the more interesting parts about the pantry is that it's open for everybody, whether you come every day that it's open or maybe you just forgot your wallet and need some lunch.

Elijah Rangel knows how that feels.

"With two jobs, working full time and even part time, I know a lot of students and even myself, we get bogged down and we've got a lot of stuff, so it's just wonderful that we have this," Rangel said.

Within a year's time the pantry has given out more than 16,000 pounds of food and nearly 5,000 non-food items like hygiene products.

At one point Galloway felt like he was alone in this struggle, but according to a recent study about 36 percent of U.S. college students are in the same boat  - they don't have enough to eat.  

Galloway has a message for them.

"Hang in there. We're in this together. Every student deserves support to succeed in college," he said.

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