South Texas ranchers are stepping up to the plate to help the food bank's mission of feeding the hungry by providing fresh, organic beef to feed the children in our children feeding programs, and families in our Adopt-A-Family program through the South Texas Food Bank's award winning initiative, Ranchers for the Hungry.

This donation program gives the local and regional ranchers the opportunity to fight hunger by donating  deer, steer and/or other livestock. The South Texas 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. All donations are tax deductible.

Due to the number of deer and cattle donated to the program, we were able to process several thousands pounds of venison and beef in the FY 2018-19!

 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.

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

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If you are a hunter or rancher and are interested in donating or would like more information, please call Albert Garza, Director of Operations at 956-726-3120 or send him a message at: agarza@southtexasfoodbank.org.

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