The past few months here at the Hays County Food bank have been consumed with the annual “Turkeys Tackling Hunger” campaign. Basically with the increased cost of living, coupled with job loss and other difficulties, means families throughout Hays County are struggling to make ends meet. The approaching holiday season will stress household budgets even more. Struggling families simply cannot afford the holiday traditions that so many of us take for granted, like a holiday meal.
Last year the Food Bank helped over 8,873 Hays County residents with a turkey and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal. This year, that number has significantly grown to over 11,000 Hays County residents who will be blessed with a “turkey box.”
With thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought it might be nice to write a little something about how fun it’s been promoting this wonderful cause!
Following all the various proclamations throughout Hays County, October was officially declared Turkeys Tackling Hunger Month, and the campaign was in full swing!
Pep rallys, food drives and motorcycle rides, oh my!
For one of the exciting events that took place during the month, The Food Bank teamed up with The Hog Pound Motorcycle Shop in Wimberley for a fun motorcycle event. More than thirty riders came out to support the Food Bank’s “Turkey’s Tackling Hunger” efforts by participating in a silent auction and in the raffle drawing. There were some wonderful prizes donated from Wimberley area restaurants and businesses, and the whole event was fun and a great success.
The Food Bank also had a presence at Foodstock, a quarterly live music event in San Marcos, thrown by The Root Cellar. There was a great turn out and so many generous people showed up with cans and money donations. Yay!
This past weekend, groups of young people from Wimberley High School, Wimberley 4-H and St. Stephan’s School posted up outside of Wimberley Ace Hardware and Brookshire Brothers grocery store to get money donations, and were super successful in their efforts! The kids had a great time doing some good for their community, and we all appreciate their hard work on their precious weekends!
Today we had a really wonderful opportunity to work with The Leaning Pear Café in Wimberley. They are generously donating 10% of the full day’s proceeds to the TTH Campaign, and WOW the food was good. I dragged my parents along with me for lunch and we all enjoyed the fresh and local food they prepared. The place was packed with diners and I couldn’t help but smile knowing that each table was helping feed a family in need just down the street!
Tomorrow we’re doing a similar thing with Pluckers Wing Bar in San Marcos. You can go at any time of the day and eat yummy wings and burgers for a great cause! But, unlike The Leaning Pear, you have to make sure to mention the Food Bank when you go! So make sure you do! That way you can be sure that 20% of your check goes to helping out Hays County families. You can’t beat that… Wings AND helping your neighbor?
So, as I sit here writing this post, I hear the warehouse in the background in full swing. Cheering erupts here and there for various amounts of food donations and I can hear the snap of pictures being taken of the volunteers sorting and stacking. This is a really exciting time to be at the Food Bank, and I am so grateful to be apart of such an important organization, especially right now.
– Katie L., Intern