Get FED- nutritious Food Every Day

Get FED

-To feed is to nourish

The Get FED Program is all about healthy & nutritious Food  Every Day  

At the Hays County Food Bank, we believe even those who are struggling financially should have access to fresh, nutritious food. We want to make sure Hays County residents get top quality food, at NO COST. With the Get FED Program, we do more than just ensure people get fed, we teach them about what’s in the foods they are eating, where the food comes from, how to cook it and how to grow their own! Our Get FED Program consists of nutrition education talks and cooking classes, gardening workshops, our ongoing quest for fresh food – Fresh Quest, and our newest program Adopt-a-Farm.

 

Nutrition Education Talks & Cooking Classes

Food-WiseFamilies (adults and children)

Food-Wise is a nutrition and hands-on cooking class for families, and it includes both children and adults. This cooking class focuses on the nutrient value of individual fruits and vegetables in a hands-on cooking class to demonstrate how to cook the particular fruits and vegetables being featured. We use fresh, seasonal items in this class. We also use this class to teach the families how to use the foods they receive from the food bank in a healthy way. For example, try black bean burgers instead of regular burgers. Food-Wise is once a month for our clients and their families at Chapultepec.

Cooking with Crossroads– Teens and young adults

We are also teaching a nutrition cooking class to the Crossroads youth group that consists of 18-21 year old kids in a transition program from high school into the real world. By working with Crossroads, we are teaching these young adults about the importance of whole-food nutrition. They are also learning some basic cooking skills. We want to equip them with knowledge about healthy food choices and the skills to prepare nutritional meals for themselves in the real world. Cooking with Crossroads is every other Wednesday from 12-2 p.m. at Chapultepec.

 

Gardening

Hands-on gardening at the San Marcos Community Garden located behind St. John’s Catholic Church. We have 3 food bank plots that we need help with so volunteers are always welcome. We will post when we have Garden Work Days so keep a look out on Facebook!

Fresh Quest

We are always looking at ways to gather up and give out more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh Quest is our quest for acquiring and providing our clients with more fresh foods. We do this by working closely with and playing an active role in the community gardens. We encourage our donors to either donate money to buy fresh produce, to purchase fresh produce themselves to give, or to grow a garden and donate a portion of the fresh produce. We want everyone to be aware that we can accept fresh foods and we don’t just accept non-perishable canned/dry goods.

We have a wonderful relationship with the San Marcos Farmer’s Market concerning “Fresh Quest.” Food Bank vans are there every Saturday to pick-up fresh, organic food from the farmers who donate it to us at no cost. We give back to the farmer’s market by purchasing fresh foods from them to use in our nutrition cooking demonstrations. We also use federal FEMA money to buy thousands of dollars of fresh produce from the farmer’s market to distribute to our clients.

 

Adopt-a-Farm

As part of our Fresh Quest, Hays County Food Bank has started a program that ‘adopts a farm’ by exchanging volunteer labor for local, fresh, organic produce. Volunteers who are interested will be able to join the food bank at one of our adopted farms with duties including harvesting, planting, and weeding.

If you are interested in being a part of this program and helping us continue to provide our clients with healthier food options, please contact Matt Barnes at (915) 494-0545.

 

Upcoming Events

May
26
Tue
12:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to
May
27
Wed
6:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to
6:00 pm San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to
May
28
Thu
11:30 am San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
May 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to
4:00 pm Martindale Distribution
Martindale Distribution
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to
Jun
1
Mon
12:00 pm San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof of Address-Currently dated utility bill or document with name and street address-No P.O. Boxes Barcode Card-Once issued by Food Bank Distribution Guidelines: Mandatory check-in begins 45 minutes prior to

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