San Antonio Food Bank

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Food Bank are asking the community for donations to feed hungry students this summer. Summer is the highest time of need for the Food Bank and for more than 200,000 local kids. They receive free or reduced meals at school but lack resources during weekends and school holidays.

Popovich says the need for meals has doubled from last year.

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Texas' prevalence of food insecurity is above the U.S. average, according to 2013-15 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Food insecurity" means that at some point in a year, someone in a household went hungry because the household couldn’t afford food. 

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The San Antonio Food Bank will now control 45 acres of farmland at Mission San Juan on the far south side of San Antonio.  As part of the land use agreement, the Food Bank and its volunteers will grow crops on land the missions use for demonstrations of its acequia system.

An acequia is a type of ditch used when the missions were founded in the 1730s to irrigate crops.

At Mission San Juan Capistrano, Tom Castanos, education coordinator for the Missions, pulls a small wooden gate open to allow water to rush through to tilled land.

The San Antonio Food Bank says it currently needs another 3,500 turkeys to serve its needy clients throughout the holidays.

It’s asking for donations of frozen birds or other protein item, including hams and chickens.

The Food Bank says the shortage is probably a result of increased turkey prices that have decreased donations.

Those able to help can donate frozen birds or make a monetary donation.

Food Bank volunteers will be accepting donations this Saturday at the following event:

Turkey Roundup

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Support TPR And The Food Bank

Oct 20, 2014
San Antonio Food Bank

As we move closer to the holiday season, the strain on the San Antonio Food Bank becomes even greater.   

It’s a time when kids won’t be getting, meals at school and many seniors are choosing between having to pay for utilities or buying food.

That's why a generous donor has stepped forward to help support TPR and the San Antonio Food Bank.

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