Leading SA: San Antonio Food Bank seeks volunteers, support during ‘March Sadness’

The food bank’s CEO Eric Cooper discussed the ‘March Sadness’ program on KSAT Sunday morning

SAN ANTONIO – While the NCAA has March Madness, the San Antonio Food Bank is facing a “March Sadness” due to a shortage of volunteers, according to food bank president and CEO Eric Cooper, who joined Leading SA on Sunday morning.

“We’re missing volunteers, and we need people to register,” Cooper said.

Cooper encouraged people to visit the food bank’s website to sign up for volunteer shifts in the warehouse, kitchens, farm, and distribution sites.

Cooper also highlighted several upcoming events where the community can get involved.

Among the events are a golf tournament at The Club at Sonterra on April 22 to financially support the food bank’s mission and the County Line Barbecue Concert Series, which began March 7 and happens each Thursday through the end of the month.

Additionally, Cooper warned about an ongoing scam targeting SNAP (food stamp) recipients.

Imposters are calling families saying they can get increased benefits if they provide personal information like Social Security numbers and PIN codes.

“HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) will never call you and ask for that information,” Cooper said.

As the newly-selected Grand Marshal for the 133rd Battle of Flowers parade, Cooper expressed excitement about this San Antonio tradition.

The parade is aiming to collect $1.33 million in food/funds, tying into its “Viva Amore 2024: Food is Love” theme.

With spring break approaching, Cooper reminded families that the Food Bank can help bridge meal gaps when kids are out of school. Families can call 210-431-8326 for assistance or meal resources.

For more information on the food bank or how to become a volunteer, click here.

About the Authors

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.

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.

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