220 Herndon Street,
San Marcos, Texas 78666



(512) 392-8300






Who is eligible to receive food?

In order to qualify for food assistance, you must meet one of the following:

  • Have a household income at or below the 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. (Click for chart.)
  • Participate in one of the following government assistance programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • National School Lunch Program (free or reduced school meals)
    • Medicaid
  • Have a temporary food emergency such as a loss of job, loss of sole provider, etc.
    • You will be eligible for up to 6 months when we will assess your situation again.

Where do I go?

  • The food bank does not distribute food from our warehouse as we have limited space.
    • Occasionally, we do hold distributions at our location, but we will give notice.
  • Distributions are held off-site to accomodate the number of clients we serve.
  • You may visit any one of our distribution sites to register as a new client.
  • Click the button below for a full list of distributions.

What should I bring?

You do not need to bring anything.

  • We do not need to see your ID, proof of address, or proof of income.

You will be asked a few self-reporting questions to determine eligibility.


"I was in-between jobs, and I was married. We needed some assistance so we went to such and such,and then we found Hays County Food Bank to give us some assistance.

There was a lot of friendliness, and they were all helpful. They gave you recipes; different ways to cook the food. I already know how to cook, but still it was nice that they had friendly faces."

"My husband is a small business owner, and he works off of commission. He builds furniture, so if he doesn't get a commission that month it’s just harder for us to… to have food. So the food bank has been there in those times when we just need a little extra help that month."

"I have been retired for about 2 years. I can’t get a job; I’m too old. You know, nobody hires a 63 year-old man.

So we came here and I stay, and that was when the big flood hit San Marcos and flood everything. So, I went volunteering. The first time I went to help there in Wimberley, and that’s when they tell me about the food bank, and I start coming here."

"They (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) cut me from $200 when I first found the place. I am now at $30. And I don't get much in Social Security."

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Hays County Food Bank does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.


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