Summer Hunger

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child-778610_1920It’s the first day of summer, and you know what that means. Everyone wants to be on the river or lying next to a pool relaxing and trying to stay cool in the Texas heat. But did you know that while you are enjoying your summer vacation, there are many kids who depended on schools for breakfast and lunch and may now wonder where their next meals will come from?

660_660_ENAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are 15.3 million children under 18 that live in food insecure households, meaning that they don’t have consistent access to enough nutritious food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 70% of San Marcos CISD students and 50% of Hays CISD students qualify for the free or reduced lunch school program. This means that during the school year, these students are provided with breakfast and lunch five days out of the week. Once school is out for summer vacation, where do these kids eat?    Read more »

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Help End Hunger

File_000Help End Hunger in Hays County! HEB is currently helping food banks across Texas by offering customers a chance to donate when they shop. Each year they host the “Help End Hunger” donation campaign, where customers can choose to donate $1, $3, or $5 when they pay their bill. The money then goes to help the local nonprofit organization featured on the poster. All customers have to do is tear off one of the tabs and hand it to the cashier. It gets scanned and added to the bill. The process is very easy, and it’s a great way to help those less fortunate without breaking the bank. Perhaps you can even set aside an amount to give weekly during your grocery trips.

If you live in Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve shopped at an HEB before. HEB is one of the most visible grocery stores in the Lone Star State, and with more than 340 stores, there’s a good chance you have one in or near your hometown.

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Remembering Last Memorial Day Weekend

Tragedies occur every day. Whether they be man-made tragedies like what happened September 11, 2001 or whether they be nature-made tragedies like what happened in the summer of 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, there is one unifying element: a great sadness at what has happened.

Many lives were lost in both of these events, but through sadness came a positive response. People rose above and reached out to help. There was a unity this nation doesn’t see unless great tragedy strikes. Race, religion, politics, economic situations, sexual orientation, etc. doesn’t matter in the face of such tragedies.

Last year’s Memorial Weekend Flood may not have been such a large-scale tragedy as Katrina or 9/11, but it still brought a great sadness to Hays County. 11 people lost their lives, including children, when the water rose swiftly. Over 300 homes were destroyed and people either had to rebuild or leave the area they had called home for years. Hays County was hit with grief.

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Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge

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Spring is upon us, and with its beautiful warm weather comes all kinds of seasonal treats. The new leaves arrive on the trees, the grass is greener than ever, and the budding wildflowers are starting to bloom with radiant colors of red, purple, pink, and yellow. There’s even fruits and vegetables that taste their freshest during the spring season, such as strawberries, carrots,and tomatoes. Though the season may have changed, the hunger in Hays County is still great.The Food Bank is excited for our newest campaign, the Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge, which challenges you to collect the most pounds of healthy foods from now until May 15th.IMG_6841

The Food Bank has 6 weekly food distributions and also supplies food to numerous agencies throughout the year. However, during the spring our food supply dwindles. We need the community to participate in feeding the hungry in Hays County, not just during the holiday season, but during the rest of the year as well. That is why we need our community’s participation in this inaugural food drive challenge.    Read more »

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Cheffing it up with the Hays County Food Bank

Health and Nutrition Interns: Mariah Quattlebaum and William Hawkins

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to sit in on the Hays County Food Bank’s Get FED Cooking Class called Food Wise. Food Wise is a nutrition cooking class that was created by the Food Bank’s very own Nutrition and Food Program Manager, Kirby Stewart. The great thing about this class is that it teaches families how to use the foods they receive from the food bank in a healthy way. It focuses on the nutritional values of fruits and vegetables, as well as the taste. Both children and adults can attend this hands-on cooking class.

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HCFB Spring 2016 Communications Apprentice

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Hays County Food Bank always has things happening daily. There’s a distribution weekly: Monday through Thursday and twice on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Last Tuesday was my second week as an intern for the food bank, and it was another eventful day for them.

6Every Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Hays County Food Bank distributes food at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kyle. They start early in the morning, getting the trucks ready to head to Kyle by sorting and putting food in boxes.  Volunteers are a key factors in how much gets done throughout the day.    Read more »

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We Need Your Help to STRIKE Out Hunger!

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It’s that time of year again, and we are gearing up for our 5th Annual Hunger STRIKE bowling fundraising event. Past years have been successful, but we are looking for an even bigger event for 2016. Our mission is to feed hungry people in Hays County, and we need the community’s help in order to do so. Our largest fundraising event put on by the Food Bank is the Hunger STRIKE, and it’s one we look forward to every year. Please help us make this one our most successful event to date.

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So how can you help? There are a few different ways. First, we need sponsors. Three levels exist if this is how you would like to participate. We have Diamond Sponsors ($5,000), Platinum Sponsors ($3,000), and Gold Sponsors ($1,000). All Day Training has come on board for our first ever Corporate Diamond Sponsor for the event.    Read more »

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The Season of Giving (All Year Long)

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday – those days are behind us for the year of 2015, and we have the rest of the holiday season to look forward to! Between shopping for the holidays and preparing for the bustle of the end of this month, it’s a great idea to reflect on all of the things you have accomplished and can be thankful for this year.

It’s hard to stray away from the real idea of ‘the season of giving. Getting caught up in Christmas Ornamentbuying presents and searching for sales and making wish lists is all part of the fun, but it’s also a great time to appreciate the good things in life. While many of us are appreciating our health, homes and happiness, individuals in Hays County are still reeling from the floods of 2015,  major job losses or simply need assistance feeding their families a great holiday meal due to difficult circumstances.    Read more »

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Great Day to Give

Thanksgiving is officially over, although we do hope that you will still give thanks every day for what you have. The meal is eaten, the family and friends have traveled back home full and with new stories, and now it is time to plan for the rest of the holiday season.

shopping-562616_1280For many Americans, shopping is the first thing that comes to mind after Thanksgiving. Stores offer great deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. They are trying to get you into their stores so that it helps their sales as well as the economy. Families and friends show up early Friday morning, or some even pitch a tent so that they are the first in line at some stores. Shoppers want to be the one to find that best deal for the holidays.    Read more »

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How Can You Help the Food Bank Right Now?

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For the second time this year, the Hays County area has seen devastating flooding. First with the Memorial Weekend flooding, and now with the Halloween Eve flooding. While the rivers did not rise as high during the second disaster, much of Hays County was hit by the flash flooding. Homes that were being rebuilt from the first flood, were hit again. Residents that were displaced had to move out again. Cars were lost, belongings swept away, roads destroyed, and friends, family, and neighbors had to pick up the pieces.

The great thing about our community; however, is that nobody has to do this alone. Again, our community came together to help those who need it. Many of those who want to help are wondering just how to help, and there are many ways. If you would like to help out those who will need the food bank’s services, here are some ways you can do that.    Read more »

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Upcoming Events

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12:00 pm San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
Aug 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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Tue
12:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
Aug 2 @ 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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6:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
Aug 3 @ 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
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
**Distribution will be held at the San Marcos Recreation Hall in the City Park (170 Charles Austin Dr.) on the following dates:   **Distribution times remain the same.   Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years old Proof

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