Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says

17 million pounds of food distributed through 16 counties

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio community has helped those in need get through nine difficult weeks of COVID-19 impact.

The San Antonio Food Bank showed just how far the community’s generosity extended in its COVID-19 Crisis Impact Report, which was released Wednesday.

The report states 17 million pounds of food were distributed through 16 counties. There were 33,500 vehicles served at drive-thru distributions, and volunteers helped more than 26,000 hours.

CEO Eric Cooper said "San Antonio Strong" has proven true in our community.

“It's been the COVID-19 crisis that has brought out this need,” he said. “But it's also brought out incredible generosity.”

It was generosity that was seen when hundreds of families pulled up for mega food distribution days at places like the Alamodome and the Trader’s Village Flea Market parking lot. Ten thousand people were served on April 9.

Aerial footage of San Antonio Food Bank distribution site a stark reminder of economic crisis during pandemic

“But it was residents of our city, it was companies headquartered here, it was, you know, churches, it was foundations, it was amazing individuals -- that all started to contribute so that we could keep the supply equal to the demand, not to run out of food," Cooper said.

Some $9.1 million purchased 200 semi-truck loads of food over the last nine weeks, and federal funds are now arriving.

Cooper said those funds arrived just in time because the future is so uncertain.

“The cities are opening, and the economy might be strengthened, but we don’t know what the future is going to bring,” he said.

COVID-19 Food Bank Impact Report (SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK)

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Patty Santos joined the KSAT 12 News team in July 2017. She has a proven track record of reporting on hard-hitting news that affects the community.

Before starting KSAT in 2017, Lee was a photojournalist at KENS 5, where he won a Lone Star Emmy in 2014 for Best Weather Segment. In 2009 and 2010 Lee garnered first-place awards with the Texas Association of Broadcasters for Best Investigative Series in College Station, as well as winning first place for Staff Photojournalism in 2011 at KBTX.