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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

175 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I love food banks that help out the city. I’ve always knew I had a passion for helping charities, but I never knew where to start. So many people need help with so many different issues. I want to help everyone but I have to start somewhere to make an impact. So I decided to help people and families get food and water when they couldn’t. Food and water is so precious and some of us take it for granted. I want to help spread the blessing of not being hungry or thirsty. I’m ready to get my company involved with the San Antonio food bank and help several families around the city.

-Zack Dykes

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has captured the hearts of a city. Organizations build incredible food can art displays to collect food for the Food Bank and inspire others to do the same. Businesses, community organizations, sports figures, politicians, religious organizations, and everyday citizens of San Antonio gladly and joyfully donate their time and treasure to stock and pack food for Food Bank distributions because they know great, healthy, and fresh food is hourly being distributed to the people in San Antonio and many surrounding counties that need it. The Food Bank welcomes hundreds of Food Pantries and helps them become heroes and friends to their neighbors who need food. The Food Bank Staff leaves no stone unturned in supporting food pantries and food programs. Our church's food pantry is the most popular and best supported ministry in the church. The results inspire the congregation. The Food Bank is a jewel in San Antonio's crown!

Donor

Rating: 5

The need for food assistance continues to rise in San Antonio, and the Food Bank does a wonderful job of stepping up to help. As a teacher in a school district that serves children who live in poverty, I am very conscious of the impact of hunger on a child's ability to learn. The San Antonio Food Bank is doing God's work as they reach out to people in need.

CaShonda J. H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at SA Food Bank pretty often throughout the year. I enjoy it every time. I love how excited the workers are from beginning to end; it motivates us to keep working hard for 2-3 hours to surpass our goal. What SA Food Bank does for the community is by far outstanding. Everyday they are Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Food Bank is an extraordinary organization. I have been a associated with the Food Bank for over 5 years, serving as a committee member on numerous committees, a board member, and having had the honor of serving as board chair. The organization is made up of the most selfless, passionate and dedicated employees led by an extraordinary chairman and executive director, Eric Cooper. An efficient and well-run program, the San Antonio Food Bank is a leader in the non-profit world, an example of success for all non-profits, focused on community needs that exceed the boundaries of just the need for food. Incorporating nutrition, teaching, farming, food, and assistance with other government programs, the San Antonio Food Bank provides a holistic approach to caring for the community, shortening the food line and empowering individuals to a better life. I will always remain a supporter of the San Antonio Food Bank and its mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our team at Oracle enjoyed working in the warehouse. It was quite a workout and best of all we met many wonderful people who we worked along side.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The SAFB is dedicated to serving the needs of many. Their commitment, dedication and focus is unmatched. Each member of the staff displays authenticity and understands the overall vision and mission. A top notch organization and one I am proud to be a part of.....

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to SAFB for helping with lunches, snacks and drink to the NEW Life Alliance Children. without SAFB it would be a struggle to service these needy children. God Bless SAFB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

St. Helena SVDP joined the SA Food Bank April 2010. Before then we were only helping 40 families per month. Now with the same budget we are able to give food to an average of 125 families per month. We go to the Food Bank twice a month and the bonus is the fresh vegetables we get free.

The staff, from Jennifer the Order Clerk & Aaron in the order booth are very helpful. The young man who drives the fork lift always has a smile for us. This year I was having problems getting my turkey order in and Lou Guzman sent me to Roshunda who helped me. Our needy families will now have turkey for their holiday meal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very satisfied and happy with the work you all do by helping the poor and needy in our church. The poor of this church depend on your food to be fed every 2 weeks. A majority of our clients have lost there jobs and they depend on us to feed them. God bless you, keep up the good work all of you SAFB employees. Thank you, Maria Pena

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the Helping Hands Pantry in Spring Branch, Texas. We serve nearly 150+ families and without the help of the San Antonio Food Bank we would not be able to provide the assortment of foods and fresh vegetables to our clients. From the get go the SAFB has been exceptional in helping us keep the pantry full, along with the special shops for non-food items.

The entire staff at the San Antonio Food Bank is incredible and make us proud to be a partner agency.

Eva Whitten
Co Director, Helping Hands Pantry
Spring Branch Baptist Church

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this a great organization and they support a great mission helping the poor and needy. They are highly motivated, helpful and have a very positive attitude . Them doing there job makes it easy for us to do our job in the field providing food to those that need it. Thank You, James Dixon, Cushministry Director.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the director of a small food pantry that relies heavily on the SAFB. We get monthly deliveries to stock our shelves, and could not function without their products for our grocery bags - we could not afford to give the items we hand out without their help. The SAFB continues to improve their facility with new storage and new garden space. If I ever need help, there is someone I can call who will take care of me asap. The San Antonio Food Bank's staff are definitely committed to improving life and nutrition for all in need in their service area. South Texas would be a sadder place without them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SA Food Bank is a dynamic organization with the incredible mission of "Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope" across Southern Texas. The Food Bank moves about 25,000 pounds of food through the warehouse during each 3 hour session! This level of efficiency is due to the small staff's ability to fully utilize the volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities during the week, on the weekends, in the garden, in the office, in the warehouse, for younger children, for older adults, for individuals, for large groups, for fashionistas, for handymen, for teachers, for cooks... if you can breathe, you can contribute. This organization appreciates your time and really makes it count. For me, there is always a real sense of accomplishment after a volunteer session with the San Antonio Food Bank. The fact that my teenagers ENJOY volunteering here makes it even better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Food Bank is a wonderful organization. The people that work there really care about their mission of helping to provide for those with food insecurities. They are very organized and are ready to help in all situations. They have gone over and beyond to help those of us in neighboring communities have access to their resources.

Without their help, it would be impossible to provide food for the people of Comal County. They have arranged food drops in neighboring cities to help us, because it is over 100 miles from our site to the food bank. The cost of buying food from the Food Bank is minimal and helps us provide food to more people than we could if we were buying it from the local supermarket.

I also thank each of the supporters of the Food Bank, who donate to make this all possible.