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S.O.S. - Stock Our Shelves

Empty shelves leads to amazing community support.

We were in a tight spot last week, a very tight spot. Donations were down, and our pantry shelves were bare. We needed to fill partner agency orders, but with what food? So we issued a distress call to our followers.

 

Low and behold the community has responded with a bang! In just 4 days, 3,400 pounds of nonperishable food had reached our warehouse. In one week, that number climbed to over 14,000 pounds! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our food bank. We are beginning to fill our empty shelves, and all of your help is greatly appreciated.

 

We hope the love continues, as we regularly distribute 12,000 lbs. - 15,000 lbs. of nonperishable food each month. Want to help? It’s not too late! We always accept donations to serve those in need. We prepare food orders for an average of 1,500 households each week, so our shelves don’t stay filled for long. We can always use your support! Please continue to help us fight hunger here. You are our heroes, and we wouldn't be able to do what we do without each and every one of you.

 

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Don’t know how to donate? Food and monetary donations can be dropped off at our office, located at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos. Can’t make it to our office? No problem! If you'd like to donate food through our Amazon Wish List, please click the Wishlist button below. You can also make a monetary contribution through the Donate Now button.

 

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Spring Harvest Winners

Hunger heroes don't always wear capes.

SMUUF ImageOur Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge was inititated to inspire donations in the spring, a time when food drives are not as plentiful. 

 

Congratulations to this year's winner, Texas State University Residence Hall Association! They collected 2,282 pounds of food during their annual student move-out event.

 

We would like to also recognize the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (pictured) for their continued support in our mission. Their donated plot at Alamo Gardens produced the most produce during this challenge. Hays County Master Gardener, Elaine Johnson oversees these plots with the help of the Hays CISD 18+ group. 

 

We are very grateful for this partnership and hope it can continue in the future.

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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

It's time to celebrate our wonderful volunteers!

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Each year, we like to recognize the individuals who donate their time to the food bank. These individuals rescue, sort, stock, and distribute food. They drive our vans, help out at events, and work in our office. They are food bank heroes!

 

This year's event will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center on August 7th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. There will be fun games, prizes, food, and an awards ceremony.

 

All volunteers are invited. Please RSVP for yourself and a guest by the end of business on Friday, July 20th.

 

We hope to see you there!



Schedule:


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Welcome and games

6:30 PM -7:00 PM - Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Dinner and more games

 

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School's Out, Hunger Happens

44% of Hays County students qualify for free or reduced school meals.

Summer Meals PhotoFor millions of families, the absence of school meals is a cause for worry around summertime. While hunger can be harmful for everyone, it can be especially devastating to children because of its potential for long-term consequences. Research shows kids struggling to get enough to eat are more likely to have problems in school and in other social situations. 

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Thank You From Our Clients

 

Client ImageRose and Teresa both have health problems that have prevented them from working full time. Rose was in a car accident at the age of 16 and suffers from chronic pain, short term memory loss, and speech problems as a result of the accident. Teresa has debilitating back pain that has limited her ability to work.

 

Teresa remembers her first trip to a distribution; it was embarassing. After working for years, it was difficult to ask for help. But try as she might, she was unable to make ends meet. There just wasn't enough money left over for groceries after paying all of the bills at the end of the month. Now she isn't embarassed to ask for help that she truly needs. "[The food bank] is a blessing, a true blessing."

July 2018

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