The featured organization this month is the Hays County Food Bank. Founded in 1984, they are passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education and advocacy. The Hays County Food Bank provides food at no cost to food insecure individuals; they hold six public food distributions each week and provides food to over 40 partner agencies who serve the low income of Hays County. These partnering groups include women’s and youth shelters, local churches, the Head Start program, and home health agencies. Distributing fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, breads, sweets, and nonperishable food items, the Hays County Food Bank receives food from the HEB stores in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, and Wimberley. We also receive food from Nighthawk Frozen Foods in Buda, local farms and gardens, and several restaurants. Although we regularly pick up food from these donors, we heavily rely on our community to host food drives. In 2016, our community collected 148,489 pounds of food to help feed Hays County residents in need. Given the level of service they provide, the Hays County Food Bank is always in need of volunteers, as well as food and monetary donations. Find out how you can help at http://haysfoodbank.org/home.aspx.