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San Antonio Food Bank

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. We are a national network of over 200 food banks and food-rescue programs that distribute donated food through 50,000 charitable agencies to hungry Americans. America's Second Harvest distributes food to 23.3 million hungry people each year.

Target demographics: fight hunger

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, TX

Programs: through food distribution, , programs, education, and advocacy.

Community Stories

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the food bank in the past and its amazing to see just what goes into this organization to help the city of San Antonio and surrounding area!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

San Antonio food bank is staffed by the most efficient, motivated, dedicated, resourceful people I have ever seen. They are able to do so much with so little. It is amazing! Their mission is to not just provide emergency food assistance, but to shorten the line by providing job training. An amazing volunteer experience!

Sabrina P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to volunteer in the community kitchen! It is always a fun, productive environment!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through my work, I have had the pleasure of partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank for several years. With every volunteer event I’ve had the pleasure of serving at the food bank, I am amazed at the impact this organization makes in the community. From senior boxes to the kids backpack program, the food bank offers programs to help all in the community. With every tour I’ve taken, I’ve been amazed by the innovation happening at the food bank. They truly use every resource at their disposal to ensure efficiency so that money received can go to where it is needed most...providing food to those in need. They not only focus on providing emergency food relief, but they also assist clients with signing up for benefits and even help clients find employment. The San Antonio Food Bank isn’t just the best food bank in the country...They’re one of the best non-profits In the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the San Antonio Food Bank multiple times and truly believe their mission is being executed so well by their teams! They make their volunteer events enjoyable but also use them as a time to educate us about the needs of our community, inspiring us to help even more!

4 Zmaxwell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Food Bank is a great place to volunteer, plain and simple. It supports the noteworthy cause of providing food to people in need, provides an easy way for people of all ages to give back to the community, and offers tasks that are very accessible to varying skill levels. The staff is always willing to help and they make an effort to recognize each of the volunteers as an essential part to the Food Bank's mission. There are many areas where volunteers may assist, such as the freezer, warehouse, community garden, café, etc. In addition to being flexible with the area of work, there are also many times during the day that shifts are available, which helps for being accessible to people who have busy schedules. They are prepared to offer letterheads for verification of hours served after each shift; in addition, the process of scheduling shifts is simple and they will generally take volunteers who walk in unscheduled. They let you know exactly what you will be doing during your shift, who you will be benefiting from your hard work, and let you know how much of an impact you made by the amount of items sorted and prepared. Overall, the San Antonio Food Bank is great place to volunteer and they stand true to their moto of "fighting hunger, feeding hope".

Cheryl156

Volunteer

Rating: 5

San Antonio Food Bank helps to feed thousands of hungry, malnourished, and undernourished people. I want to thank San Antonio Food Bank for all they do, helping to keep so many alive. Thank you for being a beacon of hope here in San Antonio.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hard work very hands on but quitr rewarding.
Pretty organized staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with my class. Everything was clean and organized. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Only suggestion is spending a few more minutes in intro explaining how to properly pack and stack boxes and pallets. Also a white dry erase board to write commonly misplaced foods and what category they go in. Ie. frozen chicken tenders- meal versus poultry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Food Bank with a group from my school, Trinity University. I worked in the community garden pulling weeds and could not have had more fun. Additionally, I learned about how our volunteer hours greatly offset the labor costs of the Food Bank. I was surprised to learn that the San Antonio Food Bank owns several acres of land and harvests a variety of fortified and healthy crops. I think it is really cool that they decided to go beyond just accepting donations of food--they are actually producing it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The San Antonio Food Bank is the main source of feeding those in need in our community, increasingly including those who are working but cannot make ends meet to buy sufficient food to feed their families. The San Antonio Food Bank is well connected to individuals and organizations in the community.

4 Carolyn88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Food Bank is Amazing to me! A very few do a great work for so many. If ever there was an organization that goes above and beyond, it is our San Antonio Food Bank. They genuinely care about the people they serve, not only do they care that all have enough to eat, but they help people find resources to fulfill other basic needs. The volume of food that is brought in and sent out by the food bank is incredible, as is the number of people who can fall asleep tonight with food in their stomachs and a feeling in their hearts that they are loved. When you have plenty it can be hard to understand how someone could not have enough but the bitter truth is that all we have can be lost so quickly. I have been very blessed in this life to have never felt the pain of hunger. I am grateful to all who donate their time or money. It is a wonderful blessing to bless those in need.
Thank You,
Carolyn Dean
United Christian House of Prayer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The food bank is the main source of feeding the poor of our community. The number of families that come to our food pantry have doubled in the past months. We are extremely grateful to the food bank for having a large variety of fresh veggies, fruits and low cost items.
It's heart breaking to see children who are hungry and then see their happy faces as they leave with bags of food. Thanks to the food bank, feeding our families is a blessing.

Bea Cantu
St. Dominic/SVDP

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our partner agency loves the San Antonio Foodbank! We are able to purchase items for our sandwich meals at such a discount. We will be able to increase the amount of food we hand out as well as expand the number of meals we serve due to the savings we achieve from the Foodbank.
The online ordering system is so easy and efficient. We are able to schedule a weekly pickup and our volunteers can count on prompt service when we arrive to pick up our order. Also, the paperwork involved is minimal and so worth the effort.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We would not be able to serve the many people in our area who need help if we could not buy from the food bank. The staff is always courteous and helpful to all the volunteers who work in our food pantry.

2 Cristina6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer coordinator at a university in San Antonio. Whenever I have students volunteer at the SAFB they always come back with great feedback. They really appreciate how interactive their experience is and also that the SAFB staff does a reflection with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter needed service hours for school, so we both volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank. She had such a good time, she wanted to go back! We've volunteered three times, and each time done something a little bit different. Even though she has completed her required hours for this school year, we will both keep volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We use the Food Bank for a majority of food purchases. However I go 3 times weekly to pick up mostly vegetables and fruit and additional items in the small store. My experience with the quality and quantity of food we get is that its simply great. But what makes this area exceptional is the amazing employees that you have there. They are courteous, polite and cheerful and helpful, we are grateful to them for the service they provide us
Sheila Kiolbassa
St Vincent De Paul Society
Resurrection of the Lord Conference

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only does the San Antonio Food Bank have great resources to support the community and other local agencies but their customer service is awesome! They are always friendly, responsive and willing to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

They were well organized for the volunteers; gave great instruction; and made the experience extremely enjoyable. They made helping others a pleasure, not a duty or a chore.