Hays County Food Bank

Serving hungry people in Hays County since 1984.

aka Hays County Area Food Bank   |   San Marcos, TX   |  www.haysfoodbank.org

Mission

Hays County Food Bank is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Eleanor Owen-Oshan

Main address

220 Herndon Street

San Marcos, TX 78666 USA

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Formerly known as

San Marcos Area Food Bank

EIN

74-2331781

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food insecurity in Hays County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Rescue and Distribution

Staff and volunteers pick up food seven days per week and distribute back into the community in two ways: through our Public Distributions held Monday - Friday and by passing it along free of charge to our Partner Agencies who work with low income clients in our area. We also accept donations from the community of nonperishable and fresh produce food items.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The main program of the Food Bank is to feed hungry people.  This is accomplished in two ways:  First, through public distributions of food Monday - Friday at off site locations serving San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and outlying areas of Hays County.  Second, through our 20+ local partner agencies that work with low income people.  These agencies pick up food free of charge from the Food Bank to pass along to their clients.  Agencies include shelters for women, children and the homeless; churches; schools; social service agencies; United Way agencies; etc.  Major agency partners include Hays Caldwell Women's Shelter, Buda United Methodist Church, Scheib Mental Health Center, etc.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Community Nutrition Engagement Program - In recognition of the relationship between nutrition and health, Hays County Food Bank’s Community Nutrition Engagement Program aims to fight hunger through dietary and nutritional awareness. In collaboration with local schools and community centers the Community Nutrition Engagement Program will employ several different teaching tools to enrich the lives of young individuals, their families and the communities in which they live.

A trained nutrition professional will provide a 1-hour program, which includes a nutrition lesson, an interactive game to help solidify the lesson's concepts, and a food demonstration and tasting of a healthy, low-cost snack.

Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program
A trained nutrition professional provides a 1-hour program, which includes a stretching session, a nutrition lesson geared towards seniors, and a food demonstration and tasting of a healthy, low-cost recipe, which the participant gets to take home with them for future use.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit of the Year 2010

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Small Non-Profit of the Year 2014

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success

Green Business of the Year 2017

Chamber of Commerce

Non-Profit of the Year 2018

Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: To expand the number of public food distributions offered.
Goal 2: To increase the number of partner agencies served.
Goal 3: To continue to provide 1/3 fresh produce at the public food distributions.

Hays County Food Bank is continuing to expand its operations. In 2020, our organization plans to:
-continue our partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) Fresh Foods For Families program. Our strategy for this distribution differs in 3 ways: 1) we plan to share the burden of responsibility by collaborating with another agency (Central Texas Food Bank) and 2) we will be able to reach a geographic area that was not previously targeted and 3) 75-100% of the food we disseminate at this distribution will be fresh produce.
-continue to increase the amount of fresh produce that we collect from food rescue partners and food drives via our 2nd Annual Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge (April - May 2020). This will allow us to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious food that we distribute. It will also allow us to increase the number of partner agencies that we distribute this produce to.
-continue to support our partnership with Texas State University and their Bobcat Bounty food distribution and our United Campus Ministry food distribution to address food insecurity on college campuses.

We have been building strong partnerships with organizations that can assist with making our goals achievable, for instance Central Texas Food Bank and Gray Gardens. By working with these organizations we are solidifying our access to fresh foods. In addition we are targeting areas that have been under served and a documented need exists.

We have been able to maintain and some weeks increase the amount of fresh produce at our food distributions. We have solidified our recycle waste program We are continuing to looking for agencies that may want to partner with us to assist their clients.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hays County Food Bank

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Case

City of San Marcos

Term: 2021 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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