South Texas Food Bank agency conference thanks IBC, Commerce Bank
4/16/2014 9:00:00 AM by
a one-day conference on April 15
the IBC Annex
the more than 80 affiliated agency members
who help distribute food
to carry the
STFB mission of
feeding the hungry
in eight counties
from Rio Grande City to Del Rio.
More than 100 agency
coordinators and assistants
attended the annual
“From one bank (the South Texas Food Bank) to another bank (IBC and Commerce),” a sincere and deeply-appreciated thank you to community-minded IBC and Commerce Bank presidents Dennis Nixon and Ignacio Urrabazo for the facility and meal on conference day. Please keep a continued "interest" in the South Texas Food Bank.
STFB agency director Elia Solis called the event, “A great success. This was our mandatory conference-workshop in cooperation with USDA and Feeding America. With a poverty rate at 30-plus percent and difficult economic times, the need in our service area is huge for the basic of all -- food.” The STFB receives product from USDA through membership in the Texas Food Bank Network and national Feeding America.
Alfonso Casso Jr. , food bank executive director, lauded the agencies, “For the extremely important work you do in getting product to the needy. Without you we would not be as successful . You are blessing to the people we serve. We need more groups like you.” Representatives from Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Starr, Dimmitt, Maverick, Val Verde and Kinney Counties attended.
The conference included presentations by Celia Cole, director of the Texas Food Bank Network; Jesse Olivarez and Marissa Alvarez of the STFB staff on SNAP (formerly food stamps); Dr. Erika Cavazos-Juarez of the Laredo Health Department on nutrition, health, wellness; Cindy Liendo of the food bank staff, on civil rights; Jose Medrano, of Enroll America, on the Affordable Care Act; Roberto Cuellar, Laredo ISD Child Nutrition director, on summer feeding programs; and Solis on CSFP, TexCap rules and regulations. Casso also did an interactive presentation with some agency representatives. He instructed them how to prepare MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) that were donated to the food bank.
The South Texas Food Bank, open since 1989 in cooperation with H.E.B. and celebrating 25 years of service, is located in west Laredo, 1907 Freight at Riverside, open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. It can be reached at (956) 726-3120 or www.southtexasfoodbank.org and on twitter and facebook. The STFB distributes supplemental food monthly to 30,000 families, 7,000 elderly, 7,000 children and 500 veterans and their widows. Sixty percent of the budget comes from state and federal government, the other 40 percent from charitable donations. Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to PO Box 2007, Laredo, Tex., 78044.
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