-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-Wise – Families (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 twice a month for our clients and their families at Chapultepec in San Marcos.
Cooking with Crossroads– Teens and young adults
We have also taught 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 were able to teach these young adults about the importance of whole-food nutrition. They learned some basic cooking skills. We wanted to equip them with knowledge about healthy food choices and the skills to prepare nutritional meals for themselves in the real world.
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!
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.
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, watering, weeding, and whatever else the farmers need done.
Millberg Farms: 2-3 volunteers needed every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 11. a.m. You will need to provide your own transportation.
Gray Gardens: 4-5 volunteers needed every Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided.
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 Holly Hood by email or at (512) 392-8300 x222.