Kermit the Frog sang it best, so let’s start there:
Lyrics from “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
‘Cause you’re not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
But green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree
That little green frog said a lot of important things in that song, and especially in these last two parts. This song makes me think of our little green food bank in Hays County. We don’t have a huge, fancy warehouse where we can store thousands of pounds of food. We don’t raise millions of dollars every year for the food insecure in our community, but we do give it our all. We will do anything in our power to eradicate hunger in our area, and we are working our little, green tails off to accomplish this.
We know there are many options for you to choose if you wish to donate to a good cause. We just ask that you consider us. There are approximately 24,000 food insecure people in Hays County alone according to Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America in 2011. We hold 6 distributions weekly (San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, and Martindale), give food to our 45 homebound clients, and we also supply our 40 plus partner agencies every single week; agencies such as Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Southside Community Center, Buda United Methodist Church, and many others. Clients are allowed to come to two distributions a week if they so choose. So you see, we need all the monetary and food help we can get.
So if you live local, we urge you to consider giving local. Support your little green food bank today. We are launching our new campaign “Liv’n & Giv’n Local” this month and we would love to have your support. We are asking businesses to consider doing a profit share or holding drives benefiting your local food bank. Let us know if you want to be one of the supporters, and we will even include your logo on our website and social media outlets.
Lastly, I leave you in the words of the immortal puppet master Jim Henson; “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” Thank you, and we hope to see you at the food bank soon!
If you wish to hold a food or a fund drive, please contact Mallory Raschke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (512) 392-8300 ext. 226. Please fill out the event form here before your drive takes place.