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Archery-Only Season
Starts Sept. 30, 2023



Launched in 2008 with a deer harvest coordinated by the Zapata County ranchers Robert and Oscar Laurel, Ranchers for the Hungry has provided a way for  South Texas ranchers to step up to the plate to help the food bank's mission of feeding the hungry by providing fresh, organic beef to feed the children and families in our Adopt-A-Family Program and emergency food assistance programs through the South Texas Food Bank's award winning initiative, Ranchers for the Hungry. The program currently has three regional chapters: Webb County, Zapata County, and Jim Hogg County

This donation program gives the local and regional ranchers the opportunity to fight hunger by donating  deer, steer and/or other livestock. The food bank then takes these donations to a local or regional USDA-licensed meat processor.

Donations to help cover meat processing fees are also welcome.

The program currently has three regional chapters: Webb County, Zapata County, and Jim Hogg County.

All donations are tax deductible.


  • Give through the South Texas Food Bank website. All proceeds help cover program costs, making the meat donation free.

  • Share about Ranchers for the Hungry with your rancher friends and/or donate your steer.

  • Donate your steer to the food bank at your local county fair (Eligible counties: Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Val Verde, Dimmit, Kinney and Starr.


In 2012, Ranchers for the Hungry was named Food Sourcing Program of the Year for 2012 by Feeding America at the national Feeding America Network Summit  in Detroit, MI.


If you are a rancher and are interested in donating or would like more information, please call:


Ranchers for the Hungry Coordinator

956-726-3120  Ext. 134 or 

 Ext. 128 

​Or, any of our regional representatives:

Program Supervisor: Hugo Flores
Jim Hogg County Area: Leslie Benavides
Zapata County Area: Romeo Salinas

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