Spring is upon us, and with its beautiful warm weather comes all kinds of seasonal treats. The new leaves arrive on the trees, the grass is greener than ever, and the budding wildflowers are starting to bloom with radiant colors of red, purple, pink, and yellow. There’s even fruits and vegetables that taste their freshest during the spring season, such as strawberries, carrots,and tomatoes. Though the season may have changed, the hunger in Hays County is still great.The Food Bank is excited for our newest campaign, the Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge, which challenges you to collect the most pounds of healthy foods from now until May 15th.
The Food Bank has 6 weekly food distributions and also supplies food to numerous agencies throughout the year. However, during the spring our food supply dwindles. We need the community to participate in feeding the hungry in Hays County, not just during the holiday season, but during the rest of the year as well. That is why we need our community’s participation in this inaugural food drive challenge.
Spring into action this season and host a month and a half long healthy food drive. You can use your friends, family, coworkers, company, organization, school, church, etc. to create a team. The Food Bank is looking for healthy nonperishable items, such as those listed below, as well as perishable items like fresh fruits and vegetables that you can get from your local gardens or grocery store produce section. You will be gathering food from now until May 15th. To ensure that we have space and staff to assist with your food collections, we ask that you register your food drive here and put in a date and time for your drop off.
- Meats (tuna, salmon, chicken, ravioli)
- Low-sodium soups and broths
- Tomato products and pasta sauces
- Vegetables (carrots, corn, spinach, etc.)
- Dried and canned beans (garbanzo, kidney, black)
- Whole grain pastas and rice
- Whole grain/ High Fiber Cereals
- Natural peanut butter and jelly
- Nuts and granola bars
- Fruit (low-sugar/light syrup)
- Dried fruit
- Shelf stable milk (almond,soy, rice)
Whoever brings in the most pounds of food by Friday, May 27th will be announced the winner via social media no later than May 30th. Even though the people we serve are the ultimate winners, we want you to have some fun with this event. The winner will receive a traveling trophy created by local artist, Doug Moreland. We hope to continue this event annually, so whoever wins this year will have to defend their title in Spring 2017. We strongly encourage you to spread the word and share your progress through social media, and be sure to tag us using @HaysFoodBank, #HCFBTX and #HCFBFoodDrive.
*Find more details and printable marketing materials here.
-Nysha Morgan, Spring 2016 Communications & Social Media Intern