‘Lend A Hand’ to Your Neighbors in Need

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Historically at this time of year, shelves in food pantries and food banks all across the nation are at their lowest. There are fewer food and fund drives since school is out and families and individuals go on vacation. People also tend to think more about donations during Thanksgiving and Christmas and less about it during the rest of the year, unless there is a disaster such as the recent flooding.

Many donations have come in since Memorial Day Weekend, and your donation will keep the momentum going. We will continue to need our community’s support, because hunger knows no season. Now, more than ever, we need your help. Thousands of individuals and families were affected by the recent flooding, school children who qualify for free or reduced lunches (72% in SMCISD and 50% in Hays CISD) are out for the summer, and over 25,000 individuals are food insecure in our county. Please help us provide those in need with sufficient, nutritious food.    Read more »

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Flood Relief - Food Donations

During the relief and recovery from a natural disaster, the need for emergency food increases as displaced families seek precious resources. Food & fund donations help the Food Bank provide emergency and increased assistance to Food Bank partner agencies.

  • Donate Food Online – order off our Amazon.com wish listHCFB Amazon Wish List
  • Donate Food: Food donations are accepted until further notice at:
    • 220 Herndon St, San Marcos, TX 78666
    • Cabela’s, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Buda, TX 78610
    • Living Word Lutheran Church, 2315 Ranch Rd 967, Buda, TX 78610
    • Barton Middle School, 4950 Jack C. Hays Trail, Kyle, TX 78610
    • Wallace Middle School, 1500 West Center, Kyle, TX 78640
    • Chapa Middle School, 3311 Dacy Lane, Kyle, TX 78640

The most needed items for disaster relief are:Tornado Most Needed Item List Visual
· High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (soups, spaghetti, tuna, salmon, chicken, beans, chili)
· Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooked/meals ready to eat
· Single serving snacks such as raisins, granola bars, and nuts
· Peanut Butter
· Canned Fruits/Veggies

 

***If you have been affected by flooding, here is some information on food and water safety after flooding.

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We're Hiring

Weekend Crew Leader

This is a part time position, 10 hours a week, to oversee our weekend activities.  This individual should be at least 25 years old, have a clean driving record, strong people skills, good problem solving skills and be able to remain mission focused.  For more information on this position go to bit.ly/1OoFQGc

Client Services Coordinator

This individual should have a passion for helping people, fantastic attention to detail, strong people skills, and be able to remain mission focused.  For more information on this position go to bit.ly/1K854ej

Inquiries regarding the above positions should be directed to Denise Blok, Executive Director at dblok@haysfoodbank.org.

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Ending Hunger One Step at a Time

Teams gather at Dunbar Recreation Center before the walk.

Teams gather at Dunbar Recreation Center before the walk.

For many Americans, when the topic of hunger arises, one usually thinks “What do I want to eat?” or “Where should I get food from?”, but for 800 million people in the world the thought they have each and every day is, “Will I eat today?”Adequate food and water is something that many take for granted.  Thankfully, there are non-profit organizations that make it their mission to help those who are food insecure.

Recently, the Hays County Food Bank partnered with Church World Service to host the annual, Hays County CROP Hunger Walk.  CROP, is an acronym for Community Response to Overcoming Poverty.  Church World Service is a global relief aid organization that has helped people in need all over the world for the past 68 years. This event is held every year to raise money and awareness for local and global food insecurity.

With our hunger-statistics-signs held high and our favorite vegetable and fruit costumes on, we took to the streets of San Marcos to bring attention to the #1 health risk in the world, hunger.  Churches and businesses from all over the greater Hays County area came out to participate in our walk to end hunger.    Read more »

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Fun to Spare at the Hunger Strike!

STRIKE! The moment when the bowling ball hits all ten pins and excitement fills in the air. On Friday February 20th, teams from all over the Hays County community participated in our 4th Annual Hunger Strike bowling tournament. The Hunger Strike was my first event as an intern at the Hays County Food Bank, and it helped open my eyes to how the community comes together to help others. I have been struggling these past few years on deciding what I wanted to do with my life, and when I saw those smiling faces, I saw a sense of clarity: I am meant for serving others.

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Boko and I getting ready for the Hunger Strike to begin

As I walked into Sunset Bowling Lanes, I felt the warmth of excitement throughout the room and it was a rewarding experience. As soon as I got there we got to work setting up. With awesome planning from Mallory and Jane, setting up was a smooth task. I was in charge of taking pictures to capture the moments. I found that task easy to do because all of the teams were full of energy. My favorite thing to take picture of was when all the teams were high-fiving each other and dancing in celebration. I could tell everyone was having fun, even though there may have been more gutter balls than strikes. Teams were dressed up in some cute outfits; The Little Guys Movers even had a taco on the team! We also had an appearance by the Chick-Fil-A’s Cow and Texas State’s Bok

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Did you have a ‘Day Off’ or a ‘Day On’?

What is something that can help the entire world, even in a small way, and is completely free? Service to fellow human beings, of course! Since 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been known as a ‘Day of Service.’ He committed his entire life to the betterment of humanity, and to this day we still honor that. Every day is a great day to serve, but on this federal holiday, some special individuals choose to see this as a ‘Day On’ and not a ‘Day Off’.

MLK Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in San Marcos, Texas

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What is Hunger?

Are you hungry right now? Have you ever been hungry? Do you even know what it feels like to be hungry? We should all be answering yes to at least the last two questions, since we most certainly have all felt the growl of an “empty” stomach at some point in our lives. However, do you know what it really feels like to be truly hungry; to not know when, where, or even if you will see your next meal? Let’s take a quick look at hunger in Hays County, and see if we can get a better understanding of it in our own community.

Hunger Blog 2    Read more »

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An Intern’s Day at Foodstock

Dunking booths, watermelon eating contests, local food vendors, face painting, unicycle football, live music. It sounds like a county fair right? Actually that’s what happens every time Foodstock rolls around.

Foodstock Trio    Read more »

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Happenings in Hays: A Personal Tale

 

Lilypad FarmsAmidst the chatter of chamber-men and indulgers of cupcakes (myself included), I met an assortment of influential San Marcans at the most recent Chamber of Commerce mixer. As a political science major, meeting people like Amy Kirwin was a hopeful reassurance to me; as her job represents an interest/cause she felt passionately enough about to turn into her career. Amy works as the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the city of San Marcos, and is an advocate for the Keep San Marcos Beautiful cause, where she actively promotes living a conservation-minded, eco-friendly lifestyle.    Read more »

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month

Rescue Rangers at Lilypad Farm

June not only marks the start of summer; it’s also National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. This is a time to focus on nutrition and eating right, so of course we had to bring out the Hays County Food Bank Rescue Rangers.    Read more »

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