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San Antonio Food Bank Gears Up for Food4SA

San Antonio Food Bank
San Antonio Food Bank

Summer is the busiest time of the year for the San Antonio Food Bank. Children are out of school, and distribution is correspondingly high, leaving shelves almost bare at the beginning of fall. So the San Antonio Food Bank is launching its 12th annual Food4SA campaign to collect food for the winter months. Food Bank President and CEO, Eric Cooper, says the bank’s annual Food4SA campaign aims to raise one million pounds of food in November.

“We’ve had a busy year. We are at a low, we’re really needing to restock,” he explains.

Raising a million pounds of food is a common goal for the San Antonio community and it will ease the strain throughout the season.

“The truth is, though, that the food bank, [in] the last 12 months, has distributed about 58 million pounds," Cooper adds. "So almost or a little bit more than a million pounds a week flows trough the food bank.”

Most of the food collected through the year comes from the food industry, from farmers or grocery stores.

The city-wide drive launches at the beginning of November. The San Antonio Express-News will distribute paper bags with one of its editions this month and those could be used to collect the food. The food can then be dropped of at any Security Service Federal Credit Union. Other organizations interested in holding satellite food drives as part of Food4SA should get in touch with the food bank. Any support in this regard is always welcome.