220 Herndon Street,
San Marcos, Texas 78666



(512) 392-8300






Food donations may be dropped off on our front porch or in the green bench.

We will check the green bench regularly for any donations. If you need a receipt, please email Iris Tate. You may also drop off food at the bins in the larger HEB in San Marcos, at the HEB Plus in Kyle, or at the HEB in Buda. Thank you for your cooperation.

What do we need?


Shelf-Stable Food

  • Must be unopened and have an intact label.
  • Must list ingredients.
  • Some expired items are accepted.
  • Baby food, formula, and adult nutrition drinks like Ensure CANNOT be accepted beyond expiration date.

Wish List

  • Canned meats (tuna, salmon, ravioli, chili)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned tomato products (diced tomatoes, Rotel, sauce, paste)
  • Soups
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Rice and beans
  • Pasta and pasta sauces
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Trail Mix
  • Pancake Mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit cups
  • Raisins
  • Bottled water

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Fresh Food

We strive to ensure that at least 1/3 of everything we distribute is fresh produce, so we always welcome fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Designate 1/10th of your garden to the food bank.
  • Visit the local farmer's market and help out local agriculture as well as the food bank.
  • Give us your surplus.
    • Do you need 100 tomatoes? We will take them!
    • Buy too many oranges? Pay it forward!

What we do NOT need.

  • Food that is expired more than 3 years.
  • Homemade food items.
  • Severely dented cans.
  • Opened containers.
  • #10 cans (the larger cans that hold about 12 3/4 cups).

Getting your donation to the food bank.


Donation is under 500 pounds (1 can = ~1 pound)

If your donation is under 500 pounds, please drop it off at our warehouse. We have limited resources (vans and drivers), and are unable to pick up every donation we receive.

We also have limited space, so please give us a call before you come. We rescue food daily, pack up for distributions, and receive partner agencies Monday - Friday.

Best times to deliver your donation:

Tuesday - Thursday Morning

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Monday - Thursday Afternoon

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Donation is over 500 pounds

If you collect over 500 pounds of food, please schedule a pick-up at least one week prior to the end of your food drive.

Contact us at (512) 392-8300 x230 to coordinate your pick-up.

Please be patient with us as we schedule your pick-up. We have a limited amount of staff and transport vehicles, but we assure you that we are very excited to receive your donation and will work with you.

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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