Hays County Food Bank Shortage: How To Help

With the holidays coming up, the Hays County Food Bank will be in it’s busiest season yet, and has already experienced a food shortage. With one out of seven Hays County Residents experiencing food insecurity*, the food bank is a invaluable resource that helps keep our community healthy and safe.Here are some ways to help.

*If you or your family are one of those people, here are the qualifications for becoming a client of the food band and here is distribution information. If you will need a holiday meal box, you must be registered by September 30, 2017.

Donation

Every $1 you donate can provide 5 meals for food insecure men, women, and children in Hays County. If you would like to donate funds, you can:
  1. Mail a check to Hays County Food Bank, 220 Herndon Street, San Marcos, Texas 78666.
  2. Drop by our office with your cash or check donation! If you have a few minutes to spare, we will gladly give you a tour.
  3. Make an online donation. Click here to make a one-time, monthly, quarterly, or annual donation.

If financial donation isn’t for you, there are several ways to donate food:

Amazon-The Food Bank has a amazon wishlist containing their most needed items. This is a great option if you’re low on time but still want to help!

If you prefer a more hands-on approach and would like to donate in person, the most needed items generally are:

• Tuna, chicken, salmn, and other canned meats
• Carrots, asparagus, and other canned vegetables
• Peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail, and other canned fruits
• Oatmeal and cereal
• Peanut butter and jelly
• Rice and beans (preferably in 1lb bags)
• Macaroni and cheese, pasta, and pasta sauces
• Soup and chili
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If your donation is under 500 pounds, please drop it off at the warehouse between 9 am-3 pm. Monday-Thursday, and 9 am-12 pm Friday at 220 Herndon St. San Marcos, TX 78666.

 

Volunteering

If volunteering is more your thing, there are plenty of opportunities at the food bank. Fill out a volunteer application here, and complete orientation. Current volunteer positions are:

Drivers
Primary Duties: Driving vans to pick up food from H-E-Bs in San Marcos (1&2), Kyle, Buda and Wimberley. Vans pick up food every day in the morning, even on weekends. Drivers will also drive vans to and from distributions and help load/unload all food items. Other duties include interacting with clients and handing food out to clients. Those interested must be 25 or older and have a clean driving record. Bring your social security card and valid driver’s license when you come to volunteer orientation.

 

Warehouse
Primary Duties: Assisting the operations team in picking up food from local H-E-B stores, weighing and sorting food, checking for signs of contamination or damaged goods, creating food boxes or bags for pick-up, loading and unloading vans. Other duties include but are not limited to sweeping, mopping, taking out trash and recycling, and general clean-up of work areas.

 

Distribution

Primary Duties: Loading and unloading vans, setting up food for distribution to clients, interacting with clients, and handing food out to clients.

Front Office / Client Services
Primary Duties: Assisting office staff in answering phones, assisting clients, folding brochures and assembling promotional materials, entering data into spreadsheets or databases, making copies, and other miscellaneous clerical duties. Front office volunteers require an additional training session after the regular volunteer orientation.

Adopt-A- Farm
Primary Duties: Traveling to gardens and farms and planting, weeding, harvesting, and generally helping out the local farmers. In return, the farms donate a portion of their fresh produce to the food bank.
Special Projects / Events
Depending on the specific project or event, the type of work volunteers will be doing can vary greatly. Call 512-392-8300 to see if there are any special projects you or your group can get involved with or contact Development and Special Events Manager, Ashley Hurst.
Speaker’s Bureau
Primary Duties: Speaking on behalf of the Hays County Food Bank at events throughout the area. Click here for more information. Interested individuals contact Communications Coordinator, Mallory Raschke.

Social Media Ambassador
Primary Duties: Utilize your own personal social media in order to increase awareness of the Hays County Food Bank.

Board of Directors
Primary Duties: Serve on governing board of 501(c)(3) corporation which requires, among other things, attendance at monthly Board meetings, committee work, personal monetary donation to Food Bank, fundraising/food drives, volunteering at Food Bank and special events. Contact Food Bank’s Executive Director at (512) 392 -8300 for referral to Board’s Nominations Committee.