This Thanksgiving, 8,873 of our neighbors enjoyed a holiday feast with our annual turkey box program. This number represents an increase of 36% from last year. Families in Buda, Kyle, Wimberley, San Marcos, Martindale, and outlying areas received a turkey and all the trimmings. Staff and volunteers worked long and hard to gather names, order food, assemble and distribute the boxes, all while keeping up with our daily food pick up and distribution schedule!
It cost the Food Bank almost $40,000 to purchase the turkeys and staple food items for the boxes. This is about $10,000 more than was spent in 2009. But we helped 36% more people than last year. This effort is funded by our annual “Turkeys Tackling Hunger” campaign which raises money for the boxes. $20 buys one family a turkey box. Thanks to all the folks who donated this year – we could never have helped all these families without you!
Thanks to Ted Gomez from HEB Grocery Store on Thorpe Lane in San Marcos. Ted helped organize HEB partners who volunteered their time to assemble almost 2200 boxes. And they did it all in under 6 hours! Those folks really know how to move food.
Thanks also to our many partner agencies who helped to deliver many of the boxes.
The mission of the Food Bank to feed hungry people has a direct and positive impact upon the well being and quality of life of many people in our community.