ABOUT US

 
  MISSION

The Hays County Food Bank is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education and advocacy.
 
VISION
 
To create a well-nourished community.
 
FAQ
 
About Us:

Who do we feed?

What foods do we distribute?

When are our office hours?

Where are we located??

Where do we get food from?

Why do we do it?

How are we funded?

How long have we been helping feed the hungry in our community?

 
Get Help:

How do I get food?

Where do I go to get food?

 
Get Involved:

How can I volunteer?

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

 
Donate:

Where do I donate money?

Can I donate online?

Where can I drop off food?

When can I drop off food?

What do I need to do to host a food/fund drive?

What are your most needed items?

 

 
About Us:

Who do we feed?

A: Hays County Food Bank provides food at no cost to food insecure individuals. The Food Bank holds six public food distributions each week and provides food to over 40 partner agencies (women’s and youth shelters, local churches, the Head Start program, home health agencies, etc…) who serve the low income of Hays County.

What foods do we distribute?

A: We distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, breads, sweets, and nonperishable food items.

When are our office hours?

A: Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where are we located?

A: The Food Bank is located at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos, Texas.

Where do we get food from?

A:Food comes to us from the HEB stores in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, and Wimberley. We also receive food from Nighthawk Frozen Foods in Buda, local farms and gardens, and several restaurants. Although we regularly pick up food from these donors, we heavily rely on our community to host food drives. In 2016, our community collected 148,489 pounds of food to feed Hays County residents in need.

Why do we do it?

A: According to Feeding America’s most recent national study, 1 in 7 Hays County residents are food insecure. We believe that every individual should have access to nutritious food, regardless of income level. We hope that if we can fulfill one basic need, our clients will not have to choose between food and other necessities, such as shelter, utilities, or healthcare.

How are we funded?

A: We would not be able to provide the services that we do without the support of our community. We are grateful to be funded by donations (funds, food, and in-kind) from local individuals, organizations, corporations, foundations, and granting agencies.

How long have we been helping feed the hungry in our community?

A: Hays County Food Bank was founded in 1984 with the goal of serving hungry people in San Marcos. We have since grown to service the entire county. In 2016, we provided food, at no cost, for over 100,000 client visits through direct distribution and partner agencies.

 
Get Help:

How do I get food?

A: Individuals and families in need of food should come to one of our six public food distribution sites. Clients are allowed to receive food a maximum of two times per week.

Where do I go to get food

A: As our main office is not large enough to accommodate, we do not give out food straight from our warehouse. We hold public food distributions six times a week throughout Hays County.

Day Location Address City Time
Monday Dunbar Recreation Center 801 Martin Luther King Dr. San Marcos 12:00 p.m.
 United Campus Ministry - Texas State 510 N. Guadalupe St.San Marcos12:00 p.m.
Tuesday St. Anthony's Catholic Church 801 Burleson St. Kyle 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday Immanuel Baptist Church 4000 E. FM 150 Kyle 5:30 p.m.
Dunbar Recreation Center 801 Martin Luther King Dr. San Marcos 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Martindale First Methodist Church 308 Bowie St. Martindale 4:00 p.m.
 
Get Involved:

How can I volunteer?

A: Volunteers are an integral part of our operation. In 2015, 1,300+ volunteers donated nearly 18,000 hours to us! If you would like to volunteer, please complete the online Volunteer Application Form and read through the Volunteer Orientation Manual.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

A: Anyone can volunteer; however, children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present, and all volunteers under the age of 18 will require the approval of the parent/guardian in the form of an additional Volunteer Liability Waiver form.

 
Donate:

Where do I donate money?

A: We accept cash, check, and credit card donations. Checks should be made out to Hays County Food Bank. Please include the campaign name in the memo line if you are donating for a specific campaign. You may drop off or mail donations to our office at:

Hays County Food Bank
220 Herndon St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
You may also make an online donation here.

Can I donate online?

A: Yes, you may donate online at HaysFoodBank.org/Donate.

Where can I drop off food?

A: You may drop off food at our warehouse, located at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos. If food items are nonperishable and it is not during our office hours, you may deposit your donation in the green bin by our front door.

When can I drop off food?

A: Food drop off times are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What do I need to do to host a food/fund drive?

A: We rely on food and fund drives to keep our shelves stocked throughout the year. Please fill out our online Food Drive and Fundraiser Registration Form so we know about your event and when to expect your donation to be dropped off.

What are your most needed items?

A: We strive to provide healthy, nutritious food to Hays County residents who need it. We distribute fresh produce whenever possible, which means that we always need fruits and vegetables. If donating nonperishable food items, we prefer pop-top cans (some clients are homeless and have no can opener or microwave), and items low in sodium and added sugars. 

Needed Nonperishable Items:
Meats (Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Ravioli)
Low-Sodium Soups and Broths
Tomato Products and Pasta Sauces
Vegetables
Dried and Canned Beans
Whole Grain Pastas and Rice 
Whole Grain/High Fiber Cereals
Natural Peanut Butter and Jelly
Nuts and Granola Bars
Fruits in Light Syrup
Dried Fruit
Shelf Stable Milk (Almond, Soy, Rice) 
 

 
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