Hays County Food Bank (HCFB)  is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education and advocacy. They have been providing food and aid to those in need since 1984. HCFB holds 7 public food distributions each week at locations throughout the county where food insecure households are invited to receive an assortment of foods. Twice a month, they also partner with Central Texas Food Bank for 2 mobile food pantries. In addition to direct distributions, the food bank provides food at no cost to more than 20 partner agencies (shelters, school and church pantries, and other organizations serving those in need).

In 2016, Hays County Food Bank instituted a backpack program to provide children with kid-friendly food items that they can prepare themselves after school or on the weekends. The program now serves 7 schools in northern Hays County.

Nutrition Education:
Food related illnesses due to malnutrition are a big issue among the food insecure. In 2015, Hays County Food Bank introduced the Nutrition Education Program to better educate individuals on how to shop, cook, and eat in a more healthy way. Currently, the food bank offers 5 types of programs: Senior Nutrition & Wellness, Senior Food Wise Cooking Class, Child Nutrition Engagement, Kids Cooking Club, and Family Food Wise Cooking Class.

Resource Assistance:
More recently, the food bank joined the Department of Health & Human Services' Community Partner Program. Navigating through applications for government benefits such as through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or WIC (Women, Infants, Children) can be daunting. Hays County Food bank employs staff who can help with this application process.

Being Green:
Hays County Food Bank is also very conscientious of food waste and the environment. Partnerships with local farms and gardens help reduce waste by using food that is unfit for human consumption as feed for animals or for composting. Cardboard boxes, food packaging, paper, and other similar items are also recycled on a weekly basis either through Green Guys Recycling or TDS.

How Can we Save the Bees?

That’s the easy part! Become one of our lovely sponsors by providing donations and/or items to help us fuel the 5K and the Oakley Bee Project. We can’t save the bees, unless we have enough donations to provide better technology to the bee farmers. With your help, they can achieve their goals to use better equipment and save the future of bees. Therefore, your charitable donations are crucial to the survival of the bees and our event.

Did you know that honeybee populations have been declining over the last thirty years? Honeybees are one of the primary pollinators of many crops we consume daily such as apples,squash, melons, beans and many more. Cherries, blueberries, and almonds almost solely rely on pollination from honeybees as well. It has become increasingly difficult to keep beehives alive due to parasites and the use of herbicides and pesticides. The Oakley Family bee-lieves they may be able to counter this problem and help honey bee apiaries flourish once again.            

The Oakley family has been keeping bees since 1975, and they are developing an apairy management plan to teach beekeepers of all levels how to overcome the hardships many beekeepers face. Mr.Oakley hosts informative beekeeping management classes throughout the year teaching his family’s approach to sustainable beekeeping. During these classes,you will receive a binder that will walk you step by step through his management system as well as give you additional insights and tips on how to make your beehives as productive as possible. The class is approximately seven hours in length, and it includes lunch and an opportunity to interact with some of his honey bees first hand. During this time, he will also demonstrate his proactive approach to mite sampling which is discussed earlier on in the class.This one-day class will give you all the fundamental knowledge you need for successful beekeeping. In addition, you can enroll in his Beekeeper Mentoring Program which involves monthly, half-day workshops that provide extra training and support as your bee hives develop!            

Along with supporting the honey bee population, beekeeping includes many benefits such as providing some extra income and reducing your property taxes. The Oakley family serves as a liaison for those who are interested in beekeeping and those who become beekeepers.Let’s get involved and help the Oakley family change the world one bee at a time.

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