Hays County Food Bank always has things happening daily. There’s a distribution weekly: Monday through Thursday and twice on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Last Tuesday was my second week as an intern for the food bank, and it was another eventful day for them.
Every Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Hays County Food Bank distributes food at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kyle. They start early in the morning, getting the trucks ready to head to Kyle by sorting and putting food in boxes. Volunteers are a key factors in how much gets done throughout the day. This week I had the opportunity to be a part of the impact Hays County Food Bank has on our community. The volunteers work like a well oiled machine, from making sure none of the food has gone bad to carrying the boxes to the truck and distributing it out. They are quick on their feet.
Every Tuesday, the volunteers with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church set up tables for the distribution of food. While the volunteers unload the food and spread it out on the table in categories: breads, salads, fruits, canned goods, sweets, and juices, the staff signs the people in. They also assign them a number that informs them in which group they will be called. At 12 p.m. the staff calls out the group numbers at random and everyone who has that number goes to the table and selects an item from each category. This process is called Client’s Choice. They do this process until there is no more food left. 90 people showed up to receive food for this distribution.
Meanwhile, in San Marcos at Southside Community Center, The Love Kitchen (a big-rig pizza restaurant on wheels) served free Little Caesars pizza. This event was created for any hungry, homeless or disaster in the area. Hays County Food Bank partners with Southside Community Center to provide them food weekly that they turn into hot meals served daily at the center from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Southside also provides a place where you can shower and wash your clothes.
In Hays County, 25,380 people are food insecure. (Source: Feeding America, 2013, “Map the Meal Gap”) Even though each day is successful, there’s still so much to be done. You can give back by making a monetary donation, hosting a food/fund drive, bringing in a food donation or volunteering. To learn more about Hays County Food Bank’s impact, check out their website today. -The Beginning
-Nysha Morgan, Spring 2016 Communications & Social Media Intern