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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Eat More Ham

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As I am sure everyone knows, 2015 has been a very bad year for the avian flu. Poultry and egg prices have gone up, and because of this, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is in jeopardy.

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Turkey with “Eat More Ham” Sign; Image © 2007 Angela Mabray through Creative Commons

For the past eight years, through the generosity of our donors, the Hays County Food Bank has provided a frozen turkey and traditional nonperishable trimmings to food insecure families at no charge.  However, in order to do so this year would cost the food bank an extra $20,000 more than what it would cost to provide frozen hams.    Read more »

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Senior Citizens Day!

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Today is a day when we recognize senior citizens for what they have accomplished in their communities around the nation. So many seniors have lived such exciting lives and are still going strong. Many use their retirement to give back and to help out their fellow man, rather than sit at home and watch the days go by. These are the seniors we wish to thank.
The baby boomers were born at a time when America was not so strong. They survived the stock market crash, two World Wars, Civil Rights riots, the space race, another two unpopular wars, hippie culture, the 80’s, terrorist attacks, and another two wars. They’ve truly lived, and we appreciate all they have done for society.    Read more »

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Your Community Still Needs You

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Moontower BenefitAs summer draws to a close, let’s take a look back at what happened in Hays County this season. School ended and it was great for a bit, but then the floods happened. Some people lost everything they had, but everybody was affected in some way. That’s why the group relief effort was so massive in June, because so many people immediately wanted to help out in some way or another. Volunteers were abundant in number, donations (monetary and goods), came from all over the country, and the rebuilding was going quickly. There were even relief benefits all over the state to help out the Hill Country.    Read more »

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Great Time to Volunteer

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How do you want to be remembered? Do you want people to think of you as a jock, boss, overachiever, loner, cheerleader, partyer, wallflower; or do you want to be remembered as someone who served their fellow man in need? Anyone can help out another person, no matter what your job, gender, or busyness of life may be. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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Chili’s Employees helping out our landscape.

Hays County Food Bank would love to have you volunteer and help out your neighbors in need. There are many ways we need help in order to fulfill our mission of feeding hungry people in Hays County. Check out this video of a day in the life of Hays County Food Bank. Then you can browse through the different jobs and find out which ones appeal to you most. You can even fill out and submit your online application here. Then, come to volunteer orientation Wednesday at 9:00 am or on Friday at 11:00 am.    Read more »

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As the River Recedes

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Memorial Day Weekend was supposed to be a time of honoring those who had fallen in order to protect our freedoms in America. There were supposed to be picnics, BBQs, and other types of family and friend gatherings. Instead, the weekend turned into one of the wettest in Hill Country recorded history.

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Aerial View of San Marcos-Courtesy of SM Corridor News

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‘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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12:00 pm San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun
28
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12:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
Jun 28 @ 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
Jun
29
Wed
6:00 pm Kyle Distribution
Kyle Distribution
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun
30
Thu
11:30 am San Marcos Distribution
San Marcos Distribution
Jun 30 @ 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
Jun 30 @ 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
6:00 pm Food Wise – A Get FED Nutrition ...
Food Wise – A Get FED Nutrition ...
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Food Wise - A Get FED Nutrition Cooking Class @ Chapultepec | San Marcos | Texas | United States
Food-Wise is a nutrition and hands-on cooking class for families, and it includes both children and adults. This cooking class focuses on the nutrient value of individual fruits and vegetables in a hands-on cooking class to demonstrate how to cook

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