Hays County Commissioners Court Calls for Action against Hunger, Proclaims September as Hunger Action Month
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – On Tuesday the Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed September 2016 as Hunger Action Month and thanked the Hays County Food Bank, its staff, volunteers and donors for helping to feed the hungry county wide. National Hunger Action Month is a Feeding America effort to raise awareness about the hunger epidemic in the United States and to encourage individuals to take some form of action against hunger
Hays County Food Bank Board Member Carol Grimm told the Commissioners Court that in Hays County more than 25,100 families are food insecure, not knowing from where their next meal will come. Latest statistics from area schools is that in San Marcos CISD 72 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced cost lunches, 50 percent in Hays CISD, 29 percent in Wimberley ISD and 18 percent in Dripping Springs ISD.
Through its buying power, a $20 donation to the Food Bank can provide 100 meals and a $30 donation provides a family the fixings for a full holiday meal, helping those who must often choose between housing, food, utilities and medicine, according to the proclamation.
The Court urged Hays County residents to give as generously as they can to the Hays County Food Bank, which as of June 2016 provided food to an average of 1,780 individuals each week throughout the county. In 2015 the Food Bank distributed 690, 397 pounds of food through its six public food distributions and multiple partner agencies and provided a traditional holiday meal for almost 11,000 individuals.
To donate or find out more about the Hays County Food Bank, visit www.haysfoodbank.org.
Left to right, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Hays County Food Bank Board Member Carol Grimm, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant.