220 Herndon Street,
San Marcos, Texas 78666



(512) 392-8300





Who Are We?

  • We are a small team of passionate invididuals and partners who are working together to fight food insecurity in the greater Hays County area.
  • We approach our work with empathy, understanding and respect for the diverse communities we serve.
  • We strive to provide access to food and resources to all of those in need.
  • We are focused on outcomes. We value results and measure our performance against precise goals; we take ownership and responsibility for doing what we say we will do.
  • We strive to constantly evolve and evaluate, so we may implement the most effective strategies to achieve our mission.
  • We conduct our activities by being open and accessible to strengthen our network and maintain the trust of our stakeholders and the public.


  • We know that fighting food insecurity goes beyond just providing food.
  • We want all individuals in Hays County to have access to healthy food because good nutrition is essential for good health.
  • HCFB is a supportive and nurturing environment, where all people are encouraged to achieve their potential, where humor and humility are vital keys to success, and where initiative and creativity are embraced.
  • We know we cannot end hunger alone. We succeed in partnership with others to strive to include a rich tapestry of voices in our work.
  • We know that in order to be truly successful we need to look beyond the bottom line. We will manage, coordinate and evaluate environmental, social and financial demands and concerns to ensure ongoing success.

About Us

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About Us

What is your mission?
Hays County Food Bank is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy.


What is your vision?
To create a well-nourished community.


What are your core values?

  • Compassion and respect
  • Equity
  • Accountability
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Transparency


What are your focus areas?

  • Health
  • Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


Where are we located?
220 Herndon Street
San Marcos, Texas.


What are our office hours?
Monday - Thursday: 8AM - 4PM
Friday: 8AM - 12PM


Who do we feed?
Hays County Food Bank provides food at no cost to low-income households and those suffering from some sort of food emergency due to job loss, medical emergencies, disasters, etc. There are no geographical boundaries to service.


What do we distribute?
We distribute fresh produce, frozen meat, bakery items, and shelf-stable foods. Occasionally, we also have some dairy available.


Where do we get food from?
Food comes to us regularly through our partnership with Central Texas Food Bank. We receive food from HEB, Walmart, Sam's Club, and Target. 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 rely heavily on our community to host food drives.


Why do we do it?
We believe that every individual should have access to nutritious food, regardless of income level. We hope that if we can fulfill one basic need, our clients will not have to choose between food and other necessities, such as shelter, utilities, or healthcare.


How are we funded?
We would not be able to provide the services that we do without the support of our community. We are grateful to be funded by donations (funds, food, and in-kind) from local individuals, organizations, corporations, foundations, and granting agencies.


How long have we been around?
Hays County Food Bank was founded in 1984 with the goal of serving hungry people in San Marcos. We have since grown and provide services to anyone in need in the area, regardless of address


Get Help

How do I get food?
Individuals and families in need of food should come to one of our public food distributions. Clients are allowed to receive food a maximum of one time each week. No ID or proof of address is required. You will just need to answer some self-reporting questions and be issued a barcode card. You will need to bring this card with you to future distributions. 


Where do I get food?
Click for distribution schedule.


Get Involved

How can I volunteer?
Volunteers are an integral part of our operation. In 2019, 2,000+ volunteers donated more than 26,000 hours to us! If you would like to volunteer, please complete the online Volunteer Application Form and read through the Volunteer Orientation Manual.


How old do I need to be to volunteer?
There is no official age requirement to volunteer with Hays County Food Bank. However, there are some general guidelines that are age specific:

  • If you are 18 years or older, you must complete the volunteer application for yourself, which includes the liability waiver. You are unrestricted in the shifts you may sign up for.
  • If you are between 13 and 17 years old, you or your parent/guardian can complete the volunteer application. An additional liability waiver must be signed by your parent/guardian on or before your first shift clock-in. It is not necessary to have a parent/guardian with you while you volunteer. Some shifts may be restricted to you.
  • If you are younger than 13 years old, you can volunteer with us, but you cannot have an online volunteer account. A physical application may be obtained at our office during our regular business hours. You may volunteer at any of our regular shifts, so long as a parent/guardian is with you at all times. Food Rescue & Warehouse shifts are not recommended for children under the age of 10; distribution shifts are not recommended for children under the age of 8.


Where do I donate money?
We accept cash, check, and credit/debit card donations. Checks should be made out to Hays County Food Bank. Please include the campaign name in the memor line if you are donating for a specific campaign (e.g., Turkeys Tackling Hunger or Lend A Hand). You may drop off or mail your donations to our office at :

Hays County Food Bank
220 Herndon St.
San Marcos Tx 78666


Can I donate online?
Yes, you may donate online here.


Where can I drop off food?
You may drop food off at our warehouse, located at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos. If you need a receipt, please email our Community Relations Coordinator.

You may also make a food donation at your local H-E-B. There are donation bins at each location.


When can I drop off food?
Our office is closed to the public at this time. However, we do check the green donation bin at least once each day.


What do I need to do to host a food/fund drive?
We rely on food and fund drives to keep our shelves stocked throughout the year. Please fill out our online Food Drive and Fundraiser Registration Form so we know about your event and when to expect your donation to be dropped off.


What are your most needed items?
We strive to provide healthy, nutritious food and distribute fresh produce whenever possible. This means that we always need fruits and vegetables. If donating nonperishable food items, we prefer pop-top cans (some clients are homeless and have no can opener or microwave), and items low in sodium and added sugars.

Most Needed:

  • Canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken, ravioli)
  • Soups and broths
  • Tomato products (sauce, diced tomatoes, rotel)
  • Pastas and sauces
  • Canned vegetables
  • Dried and canned beans
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Nuts and granola bars
  • Canned fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Shelf stable milk

Hays County Food Bank does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.


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