Hays County Food Bank works together to make difference for those without shelter
Texas had an estimated 27,229 experiencing homelessness on any given day as of January 2020, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Volunteers for Project Hope distribute food at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
SAN ANTONIO – With so many families in and around San Antonio dealing with difficult situations it’s inspiring to see organizations step up and help out. Volunteers for Project Hope were up early Monday morning distributing pounds and pounds of food at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. Vicki Nelson went from volunteer to recipient of Project Hope, a program of the San Antonio Food Bank. They’ve gone without electricity or water, so to just have some water, food dropped off to them it means the world,” Nelson said. To receive assistance you do need to be signed up for the Project Hope program and you can do that by clicking here.
Tim Duncan, Spurs Give will assist with Black Restaurant Week San Antonio
Original post below:Black Restaurant Week San Antonio will get an assist from Spurs legend Tim Duncan this year. 5 of them share how it's going so farThe San Antonio Food Bank teased the news Thursday, with more information to follow on Feb. 16. The food bank said each participating restaurant week will feature a special. With the help of the Tim Duncan Foundation, Spurs Give and BRWSA participants, each special will give back 21 meals to kids and seniors facing hunger. In May, as San Antonio reeled from the early financial hardships caused by the pandemic, Spurs Give and Duncan's foundation donated $200,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio Food Bank needs over 500 volunteers to help at 7 mega mobile food distribution sites this weekend
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is preparing to provide emergency outreach to community members in need after being affected by the recent winter storms. It needs more than 500 volunteers to help at seven mega mobile food distribution sites over the weekend. However, those who cannot pre-register before the event will not be turned away and can access food while supplies last, the food bank said. Now it’s time to reach those in homes through our distributions and home deliveries,” said Eric Cooper, president & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, in a written statement. For more information about the mega food distribution sites this weekend, call the San Antonio Food Bank helpline at 210-431-8326 during regular business hours on Friday or Saturday.
A Texas twist on San Antonio Food Bank’s last mega mobile distribution of the year
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank’s final mega distribution of 2020 Tuesday morning carried a Texas twist with each of the food packages. Community First Health Plans also helped pay for the transportation for much of the food. The food bank says it has seen the number of people it helps every week jump from 60,000 to 120,000 across 16 counties. The mega mobile distribution events have been become necessary to help deal with the influx of recipients, the demands of COVID-19 precautions, as well as the loss of many partner agencies who used to help distribute the food. Though the mega distribution events are done for the year, families are still able to get help through the SA Food Bank.
San Antonio Food Bank will give brisket and sausage at final 2020 mega-distribution on Tuesday
click image Instagram / safoodbankThe San Antonio Food Bank’s final mega-distribution of the year will feature a Christmas in Texas theme and include sausage, frozen whole briskets and 150-pound food boxes.Working with longtime partners Community First Health Plans, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats and the RK Group, the Food Bank will provide holiday ingredients to 2,000 local families. Kiolbassa will offer a special “Links of Love” holiday sausage at the distribution, continuing its company tradition of donating 10,000 pounds of food monthly to fight food insecurity.“The pandemic has seen thousands more hurting in our community,” Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper said in a release. “Our three partners for this final mega mobile distribution before Christmas bring both hope and meal ingredients to our hurting neighbors, and we could not be more grateful.”The mega-distribution will take place Tuesday, December 22, at the Alamodome.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Food Bank to hold largest holiday food distribution of 2020 at AT&T Center Tuesday
click image Instagram / @safoodbankIn a partnership with H-E-B and the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Food Bank will hold its largest mega mobile distribution of the year Tuesday, supplying families with much-needed groceries as well as holiday-worthy goodies.Tuesday, December 15, the Food Bank will distribute 150 pounds of food for holiday meals to 2,000 households, including more than 10,000 donated H-E-B Meal Simple holiday dinners and 40,000 pounds of fresh produce.“Imagine the anxiety the holidays bring, and then add on top of it not having food. It breaks your heart,” Eric Cooper, President & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank said in a release. “H-E-B brings both hope and meal ingredients to our hurting neighbors, and we could not be more grateful.”For this special holiday distribution, registered families also have the opportunity to receive additional gift and gas cards, coloring books, crayons, candy canes and chocolate candies, blankets, masks, children’s books, movie passes, and vouchers to illumiNight: A Magical Drive-Thru Experience The December 15 distribution will take place at the AT&T Center, and will begin at 9 a.m. Pre-registration for the distribution is required at the San Antonio Food Bank websitesacurrent.com
‘Unprecedented need:’ San Antonio Food Bank has seen 30% increase in demand since onset of COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – You could see it in the aerial pictures of the San Antonio Food Bank’s mega distribution event in April. Similarly, the San Antonio Food Bank has seen a 30% increase. Of those 181 food banks examined by the Associated Press, San Antonio’s food bank ranked 15th in average food distribution prior to the pandemic. In the meantime, the food bank will be there to help families keep food on the table, Cooper said. “In the end, it’s going to be OK.”How to helpThere are several ways to help the San Antonio Food Bank feed hungry families.
US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates
Thursday's report from the Labor Department said that initial claims for jobless aid dropped from 787,000 the week before. Before the virus paralyzed the economy in March, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week had typically amounted to roughly 225,000. "Thanksgiving seasonals likely explain the drop'' in jobless claims last week, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a research note. The total number of people who are continuing to receive traditional state unemployment benefits declined to 5.5 million from 6.1 million. But it also indicates that many of the unemployed have used up their state benefits, which typically expire after six months.
New San Antonio study finds link between food insecurity, unengaged distance learners
SAN ANTONIO – According to a new survey conducted by the UTSA Urban Education Institute, 26% of families say they are experiencing food insecurity. That means their food supply ran out and there was no money to buy more. Director Michael Villareal said this is something we see throughout the city, not just in any particular part of town. According to Eric Cooper with the San Antonio Food Bank, the results show a direct correlation with remote learning. Villareal hopes the issues highlighted in this survey will trigger community involvement to combat food insecurity especially amid this pandemic.
The Big Give 2020: San Antonio Food Bank feeds 120K South Texans per week
SAN ANTONIO – Did you know giving just $1 to the San Antonio Food Bank provides seven meals for people who are food insecure here in the Alamo City? Some fast facts about the San Antonio Food Bank:A donation of $5 can feed a child for a week. The average number the food bank serves more than doubled during the pandemic to 120,000 per week. The food bank set up weekly mega distributions to give up to 2,000 households up to 2 weeks' worth of food at a time. You can give to to the San Antonio Food Bank today on The Big Give’s website.
As seen on SA Live - Thursday, September 10, 2020
SAN ANTONIO Today at 1 p.m. on SA Live, The Big Give 2020! How you can help the San Antonio Food Bank, Meals on Wheels San Antonio and more, plus crafts for Grandparents Day, a Texas Eats preview, a musical performance and more. Speaking of nonprofits, hundreds of them in the South Texas area are raising money through The Big Give today! SA Live airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on KSAT 12. Stream the show anytime from the KSAT TV app on Roku, Fire Stick, a smart TV or smartphone.
SA Food Bank officials concerned demand may spike after several assistance programs end this week
SAN ANTOBIO – As several federal assistance programs aimed at helping people affected by the economic slowdown come to an end this week, there is a fear at the San Antonio Food Bank that the need for assistance could grow. Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, said the number of people helped each week by the Food Bank doubled from 60,000 to 120,000 at the start of the economic shutdown in March. How San Antonio Food Bank became lifeline for South Texas during COVID-19 pandemicWith programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment insurance and a moratorium on evictions ending this week, Cooper is worried the demand for help may spike. On Monday, the San Antonio Food Bank met with several of its large financial supporters to go over its current inventory and demand. How well-positioned we will be in our inventory will be the question.”Another area where the food bank needs help is with volunteers.
Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says
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. 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. Some $9.1 million purchased 200 semi-truck loads of food over the last nine weeks, and federal funds are now arriving.
Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says
Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO saysPublished: May 20, 2020, 10:19 pmThe San Antonio Food Bank says the community stepped up to the plate to ensure needy families didn’t go hungry during the pandemic.
California cities project 2-year losses of $6.7 billion
But that estimate, compiled by the League of California Cities, assumes the stay-at-home order lifts by June 1 an unlikely scenario in a state where Gov. Only six California cities qualified because they had populations greater than 500,000 people: Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The League of California Cities asked Newsom and the Legislature on Thursday to help cities cover those shortfalls. In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Dunbar who is also the president of the League of California Cities said cities are anxious for businesses to reopen. "We all agree that public health and our public health officers are rightfully driving the timing as we move forward."cnbc.com
Seguin residents receive nearly 100,000 pounds of food donations from San Antonio Food Bank
SEGUIN, Texas – The San Antonio Food Bank visited Seguin on Thursday to provide food supplies to those in need. The food bank gave out nearly 100,000 pounds of food, which is roughly a 14-day supply of things like rice, beans, peanut butter, dairy and produce. SA Food Bank feeds thousands during drive-thru distribution at Gustafson StadiumBut, that’s not the only way the food bank can provide assistance during this pandemic. The food bank gives thanks to everyone in the community who has helped make the food distributions possible. Aerial footage of San Antonio Food Bank distribution site a stark reminder of economic crisis during pandemic
San Antonio Food Bank continuing with mega drive-thru giveaways
The San Antonio Food Bank is once again stepping up to help combat hunger amid the coronavirus crisis. The organization helped 1,200 people who preregistered to receive food at a drive on Tuesday at Toyota Field, and it was prepared to help even more people who showed up to its mega distribution site. To learn more, click here.
San Antonio Food Bank works to help people during difficult time
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank announced Friday that the COVID-19 response has put a strain on the agency and its ability to help those impacted. “We’ve gone from feeding about 60,000 people a week to about 120,000,” Food Bank President and CEO Eric Cooper said. San Antonio Food Bank launches ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor’ response effortThe Food Bank has reduced the number of volunteers at its facility to comply with orders and social distancing, which has also caused a challenge in how food is distributed to the public. Those in need will need to preregister with the Food Bank and a distribution site will be set up for people to pick up their food. “Once H-E-B gets back to normal, we will launch a food drive to help families affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
SA Food Bank changes impacting partnering nonprofits’ way of helping hungry families in communities
The nonprofits said just when they have had to step up fast to meet needs during the coronavirus crisis, their primary source of food, the San Antonio Food Bank, is changing its policy. Instead of having multiple sites, the food bank intends to provide needed food in the community through the creation of county mega sites. The San Antonio Food Bank is asking nonprofit partner agencies to preregister their clients for the county mega sites by filling out a form on the food bank website. Additionally, the Food Bank has already announced a few lunch and neighborhood food giveaways they have on the calendar. San Antonio Food Bank launches ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor’ response effortCOVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
San Antonio Food Bank partners with hunters to collect deer meat for hungry families
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is once again participating in the Hunters for the Hungry program, which is managed by Feeding Texas, to help those in need. Through the program, hunters can drop off legally tagged deer to a participating meat processor, and eventually, the meat makes its way to the San Antonio Food Bank. But this year, we partnered with Trinity Oaks, where the San Antonio Food Bank has staff and volunteers that process venison,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of San Antonio Food Bank. “Now that money will come through Texas Parks and Wildlife to the San Antonio and New Braunfels food banks. San Antonio resident Travis Wuest grew up hunting and has been participating in the program for many years.