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San Antonio Food Bank needs donations to replenish shelves

August 30, 2018

With shelves at a historic low, the San Antonio Food Bank is asking the community for nonperishable food and monetary donations to meet the needs of the San Antonio community.

Spokeswoman Susan Filyk said the pantry was impacted by this summer’s heat wave, which caused many clients to pay high utility bills, and resulting in more children who depended on the food bank for meals to get them through their months out of school.

According to the nonprofit, their kitchen staff makes 10,000 meals on a peak summer day for kids who usually rely on school meals through the school year.

“Summer is when the need for donations normally spike,” she said, “and after helping families through the summer, our shelves are typically at their lowest.”

Filyk said earlier this week, philanthropist and entrepreneur Harvey E. Najim, pledged to match $100,000 for donations to restock the shelves.

The 12-most-wanted items include beans, canned stew, canned soup, canned lunch meat, cereal, chili, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and tuna.

Additional items include pop top foods and complete meals in a can or box.

Workers at the Food Bank, located at 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy, sort pallets of food donations and prepare packages for distribution throughout Southwest Texas.

The nonprofit works with more than 500 partner agencies each week to serve more than 58,000 individuals in a 16-county service area.

Currently, the nonprofit has had to ration donations and hasn’t been able to meet all of their clients needs.

In a statement, Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper said donations mean less rationing, more food, and a healthier community.

Filyk said there are a number of ways that residents can help: a food and fund drive registration form at San Antonio Food Bank website; monetary donations or volunteering.

She said during September, designated as Hunger Action Month, the food bank will take part in Feeding America’s national campaign to mobilize the public to address hunger.

The theme is “Thirty Ways for 30 Days,” with a task designated each day that participants can do to fight hunger.

For more information, call 210-337-3663 or go online to info@safoodbank.org.

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