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About The Program

The Adopt-A-Family program allows the community to become part of the solution to help alleviate the hunger problem that exists here in our communities. The program is available in each of the eight counties that the South Texas Food Bank works with.

Persons in any of these communities can sponsor, or adopt, a local family for only $150 per year  ($12.50/month). The adopted family will receive a box of supplemental food, ranging from 40 lbs (minimum) to 100 lbs of food,  including fresh produce, canned/dry goods, meat, bread, water and juices that will help them through part of the month.

The South Texas Food Bank assists close to 600 families per month. Many more are on our waiting list.


Contact us to sponsor a family today! 

Selecting A Family To Adopt

Sponsors can choose a to sponsor a family that they may know, or the food bank can assign the next family on our waiting list. The food bank will share the name of the sponsored family with the sponsor. Sponsorships can also be done anonymously at the sponsor's request.

If you would like to adopt anonymously or renew a sponsorship, you can give your $150 donation safely online by clicking here. (Please contact the program coordinator if you are interested in adopting two or more families or if you would like to select a family or individual.) The sponsor may also opt to not sponsor a family, but donate to our emergency walk-in families.

Documents Required

Required documents for participating families (Qualifying & Renewal):

  • Current I.D.

  • Proof of Address

  • Proof of Income, preferably income tax return forms of all income earning household members (For income verification purposes), or proof of disability (I.e. Disability letter from Social Security)

Families must currently meet federal poverty guidelines in order to be eligible to participate in this program.

Special Guidelines

Families may receive assistance for up to two consecutive years, followed by a mandatory two-year break to provide opportunities for other families. This limit applies only to families chosen from the waitlist and not to those directly sponsored.

Special Rules for the Elderly or Disabled:

A person that is 60 years of age or older.
A person is considered disabled if he or she:

  • Receives Federal disability or blindness payments under the Social Security Act, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability or blindness payments; or

  • Receives State disability or blindness payments based on SSI rules; or

  • Receives a disability retirement benefit from a governmental agency because of a disability considered permanent under the Social Security Act; or

  • Receives an annuity under the Railroad Retirement Act and is eligible for Medicare or is considered to be disabled based on the SSI rules; or

  • Is a veteran who is totally disabled, permanently housebound, or in need of regular aid and attendance; or

  • Is a surviving spouse or child of a veteran who is receiving VA benefits and is considered to be permanently disabled.

If you have a disability, please bring your Social Security letter or proof of Disability/SSI income with you.

Thank you to all our generous Adopt-A-Family sponsors including the Guadalupe & Lilia Martinez Foundation!

If you are interested in sponsoring a family or would like more information, please contact:
Programs Supervisor
(956) 726-3120
(956) 725-1309

Non-Discrimination Policy:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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