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Volunteers are Vital to San Antonio Food Bank’s Success

April 25, 2011

April is National Volunteer Recognition Month, recognizing the millions of volunteers who devote their time and efforts to making a difference in the lives of others.

Every year, Feeding America member food banks provide food assistance to more than 37 million hungry people in the United States, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors. San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), a member of Feeding America has served hungry people in Southwest Texas for more than 30 years. The food insecurity rate for Texas is 17.8% and the average cost of a meal is $2.36 according to new Map the Meal Gap research from Feeding America.

Approximately 68 percent of food pantries and 42 percent of soup kitchens served by the Feeding America network report relying entirely on volunteers and have no paid staff. More than 2,000 individuals volunteer at SAFB every month. In addition to helping SAFB save time and labor costs, volunteerism helps raise awareness of hunger in America and promotes community involvement in solving the problem.

Ways you can help end hunger:

  • Volunteer Your Time
    Volunteer an hour once a week, once a month or once a year.
  • Food Drives
    Organize a work place, club or church food drive
  • Plant-A-Row
    Plant a row of fruits and vegetables in your garden and donate the harvest to your local food bank.

Special thanks to all of our volunteers who help us fight hunger and feed hope!

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