Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims September as Hunger Action Month, Urges Donations to Food Bank
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed September as Hunger Action Month, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Vice President of the Food Bank’s Board of Directors, encouraged all residents who can donate to consider a contribution.
Denise Blok, Chief Executive Officer of the Food Bank, told the Court that more than 1.6 million children in Texas live with food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal is coming from, or if it is.
“Hunger is not always something you can see, and the need is not apparent like when someone’s house burns down,” Blok said. “Hays County Food Bank represents a county-wide effort to feed and provide nutrition education to the hungry, made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, civic organizations, local government, and businesses, including more than 21,000 volunteer hours donated in 2017,” she said.
The Food Bank has distributed more than 700,000 pounds of food via its seven public food distributions throughout the county, multiple partner agencies, and to students through its backpack program. In addition, the Food Bank provided a traditional holiday meal for more than 6,000 individuals.
“A $25 donation can provide 100 meals through the buying power of the food bank, and $30 provides a family with a turkey and traditional sides for a holiday meal,” Jones said. “If you make a $30 contribution, you can make all the fun you want of me in the turkey suit I’ll be wearing for ‘Turkeys Tackling Hunger’ in October. There are many ways to donate, and if you choose to make a monthly donation of any amount, it helps the food bank plan for expenditures.”
To find out how to donate money or food, visit www.haysfoodbank.org.
Left to right, Precinct 1 Constable Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner and Vice President of the Food Bank Board of Directors Mark Jones, Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Denise Blok, Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant help bring attention to the needs of those experiencing hunger during National Hunger Action Month in Hays County.