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This post was updated on Wednesday, July 8, at 4:15 p.m. 

The San Antonio Food Bank continues to be a lifeline for San Antonio families experiencing food insecurity due to economic fallout of COVID-19 — many of whom had never previously received assistance — but is in urgent need of volunteers to maintain full distribution efforts.

West Texas Food Bank staffers plan a food drive in Presidio.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The sun rose over the Chihuahuan desert one June morning, and in Presidio it rose to about 200 cars waiting in line. 

The coronavirus pandemic is causing disruptions to food and agriculture supply chains around the world, including in Texas. 


A "For The Taking" box in Southtown.
Ethel Shipton

The coronavirus crisis recently inspired a San Antonio artist to build something practical to help any neighbors in need. 


San Antonio Food Bank exterior in September 2018.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Food banks across the country are trying to keep up with increased demand amid the ongoing pandemic.


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About 20% of San Antonio households fall below the poverty line, according to recent census data. What can be done to break the cycle of generational poverty?


Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

There's a new grocery store on the West Side, but after its customers have walked the aisles and selected their groceries, they don't have to pay. 


Courtney Campbell / University of Texas at San Antonio

The concept of “living off the land” is somewhat unthinkable now with pre-packaged foods readily available, but native populations did this for centuries. Rebel Mariposa and Beto De León discuss the farm-to-table movement and how popular Texas cuisines have deep indigenous ties. (00:41)

Then, a collection of papers from Diana Kennedy makes its way to San Antonio. (15:27)

From Texas Standard:

Representatives from Texas food banks will gather at the Capitol on Tuesday to talk with legislators about food insecurity and lobby for ways the state can help. Food insecurity is a bigger problem than some may think. The term doesn't just describe people who are going hungry; it also describes people who don’t have the household resources to consistently buy healthy food.

Carson Frame / TPR News

Pockets of the veteran population are experiencing food insecurity at unusually high rates, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to understand and combat the problem. It now screens veterans for hunger, and many of its facilities offer food banks onsite.