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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All Day Training Crew-2016 Diamond Sponsors

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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What To Do In October

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October is one of the greatest months of the year. The weather starts to turn more mild (hopefully), fall and Halloween decorations appear in yards and on porches, pumpkins and other winter squashes are ready to be harvested, and kids look forward to a wonderful evening of tricks and treats. Some also start thinking of the holiday season and what they can to do to help. Well, we have some ideas!

pumpkins-469641_1920Some groups are planning a Canned Food Trick or Treat Drive around Halloween. They load up the kids and go door to door asking for donated nonperishable food items instead of for candy. This gives the kids a way to give back to their community in a safe way. Just be sure to have plenty of adult supervision, don’t stay out too late or go to unknown neighborhoods, and use the buddy system. After the collecting is all done, plan on bringing the kids by the food bank to drop off and help sort and stock our shelves. They will love getting to be more involved in the process. Just let our Volunteer Services Coordinator, Jim Wagner, know so he can plan ahead. Fill out the Online Food Drive & Fundraiser Registration Form so we know when to expect you, and let us know about how many kids may be stopping by.    Read more »

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Last Chance for TTH T-Shirt

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Today, Friday, October 9th,  marks the final opportunity for you to make your donation of $30 or more to ourTurkeys Tackling Hunger campaign and receive your FREE ‘I Tackled Hunger’ T-shirt. We will only be ordering those that have been reserved in advance. If you have already donated and reserved your shirt, we ask that you encourage your friends and family to do so as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we were all wearing them the week before Thanksgiving to show how we take action to end hunger in Hays County?    Read more »

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2015 Turkeys Tackling Hunger T-Shirt

TTH tshirtThis year’s Turkeys Tackling Hunger t-shirt is available for a donation of $30 or more to the Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign. T-shirts come in sizes small to 3XL. All t-shirts must be ordered by September 30th. We will then do a count and place our order so we don’t over order as we have in year’s past. If you would like a 2015 t-shirt, please make your online donation here. Make sure to choose t-shirt reward when you are checking out. If you would like your t-shirt shipped to you, please add $3.95 to your donation.

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Countdown

Upcoming Events

Apr
1
Fri
all-day Spring Harvest Healthy Food Driv...
Spring Harvest Healthy Food Driv...
Apr 1 – May 15 all-day
Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge
We challenge you to host a month and a half long healthy food drive to benefit the hungry in Hays County. For more information and printable materials click the above link. Register your drive here. Good luck!
May
2
Mon
12:00 pm San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
May 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
May
3
Tue
12:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
May 3 @ 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
4
Wed
6:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
May 4 @ 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 4 @ 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: Wednesday, October 7th **Distribution times remain the same.   Required documents: Photo ID-Must be at least 18 years
May
5
Thu
11:30 am San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
May 5 @ 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 5 @ 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

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