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FOODSTOCK-A San Marcos Tradition

Where were you on April 5th, 2014? Were you sitting at home watching TV with your family? Maybe grilling outside for out-of-town company? Hitting the streets of San Antonio or Austin for the best restaurants or shopping districts? Well, if you were doing any of these things you missed out on one great party in the center of beautiful San Marcos, Texas!

FOODSTOCK 68

FOODSTOCK is a tri-annual event benefiting the Hays County Food Bank, and this year’s string of festivals kicked off with a bang! This was the biggest and best of all, and we just know it’s only going up from here.

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Spring Has Arrived in Texas!

Winter in Texas usually isn’t that harsh. We usually have a couple of cold days, sometimes some snow or ice, but usually nothing we Texans can’t handle. However, for whatever reason, this winter was just awful. Cold storms lasted until March, multiple ice storms shut down roads, freezing temperatures happened much more frequently than normal, and Cedar Fever was the absolute worst it has ever been. I can attest to the last one as I suffered royally from January to February. So is there anything that makes us thankful for this brutal, bitter winter we had? I know one thing! Spring! I am so thankful that Spring is finally here in Texas. The Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Buttercups, and multiple other Texas wildflowers are in bloom, dotting the countryside with colors of red, purple, yellow, blue, and white. This also means the weather is milder and it is time for kite flying, picnics, and many other outdoor activities we have been too cold to even think about doing.

 

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Liv’n & Giv’n Local & Going Green

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

 

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Good Works at the S(o)uper Bowls

Yesterday, millions of people gathered together, regardless of race, gender, age, or religion, to watch the most viewed broadcasting event of the year.  The Super Bowl attracts viewers of all types.  Those who have a team directly involved in it are the obvious target.  Then you have those who simply cannot stand a particular team, so they tune in to hopefully watch them lose.  There are the die-hard football fans, the bandwagon fans, the fair weather fans, the fans of any type of big gathering, the spouses and significant others of crazy football fans, and the big commercial watchers.  Regardless of who you are, there’s a good chance that the game was on wherever you were.

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National Day of Service

“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words many years ago, and today we honor and remember him.  He believed every man, woman, and child had the right to freedom and justice in America, regardless of skin color, age, income, job, etc.  All people in this nation should come together to make America a better place to live.  Dr. King believed in service, and that everyone should do their part to make this country the best it can possibly be.

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Photograph of Martin Luther King JR at a press conference, standing at a podium behind microphones and speaking, 1964.

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Hunger STRIKE 2014

Got plans for the Friday after Valentine’s Day?  Would you enjoy an afternoon filled with free prizes, friendly competition, and a wonderful feeling of giving back to your community?  If you answered yes to these questions, then we have a solution for you!  Register now for the Hunger STRIKE 2014 and partake in a great afternoon of fun. 

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Hays County Food Bank Wants You

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The end of the year is upon us and you know what that means: New Year’s Resolutions!  Everyone always gets so excited to start the new year off right and create a better self by joining a gym, eating healthy, managing their budgets better, or maybe even giving up a vice like cigarettes or alcohol.  However, many will forget about their plans to improve themselves and go back to old ways.  Gym memberships will gather dust in wallets; pizza and burgers will take the place of fruits and vegetables; loans will be taken out; and a few beers and cigars will be handed out on Super Bowl Sunday.  It is perfectly ok; we all go through this every year.

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Cookbook now available for purchase!

We are pCookbook sliderleased to announce that our very own hand-crafted cook book is complete and ready to stuff stockings!    Read more »

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Help Us Tackle Hunger

As you may know, Turkeys Tackling Hunger is our largest fundraising campaign of the year, and consequently, it makes this time of year the busiest as well!  3,063 total families, including individuals, partner agency referrals, and home-bound clients signed up to receive a “turkey box” this year, a trending increase from years before. Though we have already purchased, assembled and are currently distributing the turkey boxes to our clients this week, we need help covering our expense. 

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Philanthropy Day-A Time to Give Thanks to Those Who Support Us

Webster’s Dictionary defines philanthropy as the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people.  The Hays County Food Bank (HCFB) depends on this act of goodwill in order to feed the food insecure in this area. This Friday, November 15, is National Philanthropy Day, so we would like to recognize those special people who are making a difference.  Many thanks and blessings to those who have supported and continue to support us throughout the holiday season as well as the rest of the year.  You guys rock!!

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