San Antonio Food Bank looks to community for support as holiday season approaches
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is asking the community for support as it helps provide meals to area families and persons affected by layoffs and unemployment related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following September’s successful Hunger Action Month efforts, San Antonio Food Bank organizers are still looking toward community donations and financial support as the holiday season approaches to keep shelves stocked and bellies full. Related: How you can help support the SA Food Bank for Hunger Action MonthEric Cooper, president of the San Antonio Food Bank, said he was proud of the community for stepping up to help those in need and looks forward to a similar effort as the holiday season nears. Cooper said that means the food bank is now dependent on community donations and financial assistance. “For us, it’s a challenge because it is so expensive right now.”Related: The Big Give 2020: San Antonio Food Bank feeds 120K South Texans per week
How you can help support the SA Food Bank for Hunger Action Month
SAN ANTONIO – September is Hunger Action Month and our KSAT Community partners hope to help bring food, money and awareness to the needs of people in San Antonio and around South Texas. Since March, the San Antonio Food Bank responded to the COVID-19 crisis by serving 120,000 people per week across 16 county service areas with 80% from Bexar County. “We are so grateful because when we put the need out, San Antonio always responds,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. How you can support the SA Food Bank:Donate foodDonate onlineVolunteer timeThe most wanted items the food bank is looking for include peanut butter, beans, chili, soups, cereal, rice, tuna, canned lunch meats, pet food, macaroni and cheese, full meals either canned or boxed, baby food, diapers and pop-top food items. If you are interested in donating items to the SA Food Bank, you can drop food off at 5200 Enrique M Barrera Pkwy, San Antonio.
San Antonio Food Bank taking care of senior citizens
SAN ANTONIO – Senior citizens are the most vulnerable people to contract the coronavirus. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were about 75,000 seniors dealing with hunger in San Antonio. Thanks to the San Antonio Food Bank, people like San Antonio native Emma Ortega was able to take advantage of the help supplied by the community. In April, Ortega was one of many residents who arrived at Food Bank distribution day at Traders Village. What the Food Bank is doing, what the people who donate to the Food Bank are about,” Ortega said.
Help feed Bexar County during Hunger Action Month, $1 raised provides 7 meals
SAN ANTONIO – Over the past few years, KSAT Community has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank for Hunger Action Month in September, and now the call for support has increased drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, the Food Bank responded to the COVID-19 crisis by serving 120,000 people per week across 16 county service areas with 80% from Bexar County. “The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased the demand for food,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. San Antonio Food Bank is anticipating 124,430 new individuals will face hunger sometime in the coming year, along with an additional 56,720 new children. Now they are relying on the San Antonio Food Bank to feed themselves and their children.
KSAT Community virtual fundraiser benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank
SAN ANTONIO - KSAT Community and partners now have a virtual fundraiser to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank during Hunger Action Month. Every $1 donated to the San Antonio Food Bank provides seven meals. San Antonio Food BankThe San Antonio Food Bank actively fights hunger and feeds hope in San Antonio and Southwest Texas, while serving 58,000 individuals each week for a total of 58,000,000 meals distributed annually. Click here to donate to KSAT Community's virtual fundraiserto benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health System, Energy Transfer and San Antonio Area Chevy Dealers.