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Hays County employees gathered more than 300 pounds of food for the Hays County Food Bank during a donation drive in April. Pictured here weighing a box of food from the delivery are, left to right, Janice Jones, County Judge Bert Cobb's assistant; Kimberli Hoelle, a supervisor in the county auditor's office; food bank volunteers Carlos Hernandez and Dasmond Robinson and food bank volunteer coordinator Nichole George. COURTESY PHOTO

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Employees of the Hays County government collected more than 300 pounds of food and $160 in cash for the Hays County Food Bank during a donation drive in April.

In 2011, food bank officials say they distributed 620,000 pounds of food to 14,000 residents of San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos and other cities. That included Thanksgiving turkey boxes that went to 2,453 area families.

A study released this week by the hunger advocacy group Feeding America said, in 2010, 27.1 percent of Texas children faced “food insecurity” — not knowing when their next meal might be and lacking consistent, healthy meals.

In Hays County, the food bank says the number of people it served grew 44 percent between 2007 and 2011, with average monthly  recipients of the program increasing from 6,943 to 10,919 during that four-year period.

For information about donating to or volunteering at the food bank, visit its website here or call 512-392-8300.

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  1. In addition to distributing food directly to the public, the Hays County Food Bank also provides food to many local agencies like the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Southside Community Center, the Buda United Methodist Church food pantry, and the Crisis Bread Basket in Wimberley. Donating to or volunteering at the food bank, by proxy, helps many families, individuals, and other organizations. The team at the food bank is doing great work!

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