WATCH: San Antonio Food Bank, KSAT host town hall on food insecurity in Bexar County

Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank serves one of the largest service areas in Southwest Texas.

Their mission is not only to make sure that their clients have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.

The SA Food Bank serves 90,000 individuals each week and 74,000,000 meals are distributed annually.

To highlight the importance of Hunger Action Month in San Antonio and to answer viewer questions, held a town hall on Wednesday with the San Antonio Food Bank that was hosted by KSAT 12 anchors Sarah Acosta and Max Massey.

You can watch the town hall on-demand in the video player above.

The following panelists participated in the town hall:

  • Eric Cooper, CEO and president of San Antonio Food Bank
  • Julie La Barba, MD - a physician with an understanding of nutrition and food security
  • Mike Villareal, Ph.D - founding director of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio/recently completed a research project examining student engagement and food scarcity
  • Jessica Hager - national expert/FANO staffer from health/wellness perspective
  • SA Food Bank local client: Kaysia, a local single mom who has used Food Bank services, works and currently going to school

Ways you can become a hunger fighter and support San Antonio Food Bank

  • Make a one-time gift or sign-up to be a recurring donor. Every one dollar donated provides seven meals.
  • Donate non-perishable food items to the San Antonio Food Bank.
  • Whether you’re a group or individual there are many opportunities to volunteer.
  • Drives can be conducted by any organization or dedicated group of hunger fighters.

The 12 most wanted non-perishable food items the San Antonio Food Bank requests include cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, beans, rice, boxed macaroni and cheese, chili, soups, baby food/diapers, canned lunch meats, pet food, full means canned or boxed and pop-top food items.

Related article: Families seek help from San Antonio Food Bank amid rising food prices at grocery stores

To make a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank, click or tap here.

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About the Authors:

Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

Sarah Acosta is a weekend Good Morning San Antonio anchor and a general assignments reporter at KSAT12. She joined the news team in April 2018 as a morning reporter for GMSA and is a native South Texan.