SA Food Bank sees more demand during school holidays

KIPP San Antonio Schools, Food Bank partner to help families with food

SAN ANTONIO – Students will soon be out of class for the holidays, and that means increased demand on the San Antonio Food Bank as they try to help struggling families put food on the table.

"We're seeing an increase and spike from the families, whether walking in our front lobby or utilizing the families we partner with," said Louie Guzman with the SA Food Bank.

To make sure their students and families don't go hungry over the holidays, KIPP San Antonio schools partnered with the SA Food Bank.

Under drizzly skies Thursday in the San Pedro Park parking lot, volunteers loaded boxfuls of breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, drinks and more into the trunks and minivans of KIPP families.

"Eighty-five percent of our students and their families are economically disadvantaged, so we know during winter break they're going to have problems putting food on the table," said KIPP's Erica Benavides.

Parents like Evalicia Cardenas were grateful.

"It's trying times and economics are not great, so the opportunity to have assistance is awesome," she said.

More than a third of the SA Food Bank's clients are children. When school is not in session, and children are not eating breakfast or lunch at their school, demand for assistance increases.

The Food Bank has its own holiday wish list: donations of kid-friendly foods like peanut butter, cereals and proteins.

For more information on how to help: www.safoodbank.org.

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