The Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Central Texas, but we wouldn’t be able to serve families across our 21 county service territory without the help from our nearly 300 Partner Agencies.
To transform the way we fight hunger in our community, our Rethink Hunger initiative was created to identify Partner Agencies that are best leveraging the impact of food in their community and allocate additional resources to these agencies.
Each year, we evaluate our partners on:
- Their capacity to handle and distribute large quantities of nutritious food
- How they’re increasing availability and access to food for those in need
- Engagement in SNAP outreach to ensure that qualified clients are receiving supplemental benefits
- Collaborating with social services to address the root causes of hunger
After their evaluation, our partners are assigned a score tier, ranging from Community Partner level to a Platinum Partner level. The tier system incentivizes agencies to improve their service to families in need by awarding them grant funding, reducing handling fees on orders and giving them priority on pilot programs. Learn more about how we evaluate our partners here.
Our Platinum, Gold and Silver level agencies are eligible to apply for our ReThink Hunger Grants and request up to $10,000 based on their tier.
We’re excited to announce that we have granted $61,754 in funding to 10 of our top Partner Agencies. The funds will be used for things ranging from purchasing a pallet jack to buying walk-in refrigerators and increasing the capacity of programs.
Congratulations to the Hays County Food Bank, St. Ignatius Martyr Food Pantry, Foundation Communities, El Buen Samaritano, Blanco Good Samaritan Center, Churches Touching Lives for Christ, Elgin SDA Food Pantry, Church of the Open Door Food Pantry, Dripping Springs Helping Hands and the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.
Fighting hunger takes more than just providing food to families in need. We’re proud to provide our partners with grants to help them develop ways in which they address hunger.