Hays County Commissioners Court Encourages Donations to Countywide Food Bank as ‘Turkeys Tackling Hunger’ Raises Funds for Holiday Meals
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed October 2014 as Turkeys Tackling Hunger Month, and is encouraging residents and businesses who are able to do so to donate funds to help the Food Bank provide holiday meals for families in need.
“Feeding the food-insecure in our County is a fulltime, all-the-time effort for the Food Bank,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, who represents the Court on the Food Bank Board of Directors. “For just a $20 donation you can supply a family with a holiday meal. Because the Food Bank buys in bulk, and receives donated food and discounts from area grocery stores, it is able to hold costs down and acquire nutritious food for a low cost.”
Acting Executive Food Bank Director Jane Moore told that Court that due to an increase in poultry costs, they expect to have to pay $6,000 to $8,000 more this year for the same turkey dinner as last year, and to serve the same number or more meals.
The Food Bank served more than 18,000 residents in 2013 with nutritious food and provided turkeys and side dishes to 11,988 people – more than 3,000 families – who otherwise would not have had a traditional holiday meal or in some instances, no meal at all.
The Food Bank will accept donations at the free Fall Foodstock music, art and food event on the County Courthouse grounds, 111 E. San Antonio Street, San Marcos, on October 18. For more information about the event, visit www.foodstocksmtx.com.
For more information on the Food Bank or to make a donation, contact the Hays County Food Bank at www.haysfoodbank.org. Donations are accepted online and by mail and in person at 220 Herndon Street, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Left to right, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, Food Bank Acting Executive Director Jane Moore, Food Bank Board Member Kathy Luckett of Buda, Precinct 2 Commissioner and Food Bank Board Member Mark Jones, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant and Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe show their support for the Food Bank’s Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign to raise funds for holiday meals for those in need. The Food Bank accepts donations in any amount; $20 will provide a family with a holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings.