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.

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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.

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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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Are you a Triskaidekaphobe?

Friday 13

Are you hiding under the covers today, afraid to get out of bed? Will you avoid black cats, ladders, and mirrors at all costs, while wearing a four leaf clover and a rabbit’s foot? If you are doing any one of these things, then you most definitely have a fear of the dreaded Friday the 13th.    Read more »

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Hays County Food Bank Goes Orange

June is such a wonderful month, with so many wonderful things taking place. The first day of summer occurs on June 21st, which I know everyone has been looking forward to! Well, maybe not the beginning of 100°+ weather, but it does typically signify the end of the school year, vacation time, the beach, the river, BBQ’s, and pretty much anything to do with being outside. It also happens to be National Fruit and Vegetables Month, but more on that in another blog. June is also a very important month when it comes to awareness. June is Hunger Awareness Month, and your local food bank wants to make you aware of the ever present need in our county.

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Hays County Food Bank Launches Adopt-a-Farm with AY Raam Farms

May is the final month before the epic heat that is Summer weather in Texas. However, it is also the ‘Gifts from the Garden Month’ nationally, and we would like to pay homage to a very important farm that gives our clients so much throughout the year. AY Raam Farms is a fairly new partnership that has formed with the Hays County Food Bank, and we see this as one of those friendships that will last for quite some time. They are our first in the Adopt-a-Farm initiative, and we do hope more farms will be joining in soon. To date, AY Raam Farms has given us nearly 100 pounds of fresh produce per week since the program started!

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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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Food Wise - A Get FED Nutrition Cooking Class @ Chapultepec | San Marcos | Texas | United States
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6:00 pm Kyle Distribution
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11:30 am San Marcos Distribution
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