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San Marcos and Hays County free food pantries.

Food pantries that are located across Hays County will support income qualified families. If the centers have enough resources available, then they will provide free groceries or food based on the household size. Anything supplied from one of these non-profits should be considered to be supplemental food items only, and not the families primary source of nutrition.

The contents of a box passed out will be both canned food items and fresh fruits. Volunteers will also direct the clients to everything from job training to government benefits, such as WIC vouchers or SNAP food stamps. All of these services are combined by the local pantries in an effort to help feed less fortunate residents of San Marcos Texas and surrounding towns in the county.

BUMC - Buda United Methodist Church (BUMC)
Main address is 302 Elm Street
Buda, Texas 78610
The pantry can provide emergency help at most 6 times per year. Any food or financial aid paid out is discretionary. The church may also have vouchers for gasoline or clothing, free Christmas meals, and more.




Central Texas Life Care
Food bank address - 115 Warden Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666
Main phone - 512-396-3020

ARCIL - San Marcos
618 South Guadalupe
Telephone - 512-396-5790





Community Action, Inc.
Address is 101 Uhland Rd, Ste 101
San Marcos, Texas 78667
For programs, dial 512-392-1161.
The staff offer referrals to local Hays County pantries and food distribution sites. They also help with applying for SNAP food stamps, job programs, and resources for utility bills and more.

Dripping Springs Helping Hands
28900 RR 12
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Telephone - 512-858-7219
Non-perishable foods and fresh items include eggs, meats, fruit, dairy goods, baby formula and more. Other assistance includes free Christmas gifts for children, meals, and funds for bills or rent.

Family for Life
Address is 702-B Bracewood Circle
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone - 512-393-9369

First Baptist Church - Kyle
400 W Center St
Kyle, TX 78640
Phone - 512-268-3511
Hot meals and emergency food is offered. The center also has a Meals on Wheels service for low income seniors and the disabled in their part of Hays County.

Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC)
1400 IH 35 N
San Marcos, TX 78667
Call 512-396-3404 or 512-396-3616
Shelter, outreach, food, and other services are administered.

Hope & Love 4 Kids
341 Fairfield Drive Kyle
Texas 78640
Phone: 512-585-1726
Basic necessities, such as clothing and hygiene items are also offered from the charity.

Immanuel Baptist Church
4000 East FM 150
Kyle, TX 78640
Phone - 512-268-5471




Mission Cristiana Maranatha Promise
1130 Hwy 123
San Marcos, TX 78666
For information, dial 512-392-2686.
The non-profit charity can pass out food, serve meals, has blankets for the homeless, and more. Attention is also on seniors and children in Hays County, and they can receive free snacks during the summer and other support.

Redwood Baptist Church
2050 Poplar
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone - 512-938-2357
The charity has emergency food, gently used clothing, and help in obtaining ID. Staff assist with Birth Certificates & picture ID cards, both for immigrants and non-English speakers.

Salvation Army
300 CM Allen Pkwy, Ste 200A
San Marcos, TX 78666
Call 512-754-8541
Vouchers for food, gasoline, and a thrift store has furniture. This is in addition to food from the pantry, and the Angel Tree program for children.

Southside Community Center
518 S. Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
Dial 512-392-6694.
Hays County families can receive community Thanksgiving Dinner, home repairs, and even funds for utilities. Personal hygiene and showers are available.

St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) - Santa Cruz Catholic Church
Address - 1100 Main Street
Buda, Texas 78610

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Main location is 801 N. Burleson
Kyle, TX 78640
Primary phone - 512-738-2234
The charity has medications, food, and other aid.





Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket
Behind the Wimberley Visitors Center
Wimberley, TX 78676

Wimberley United Methodist Church - Barnabas Connection (WUMC)
1200 CR-1492 (corner of RR12 & CR 1492)
Wimberley, Texas 78676
Phone – 512-847-1664
Referrals are given Volunteers have information on free food banks in Hays County and other social services. They also run the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance Fund, which offers medical care, school supplies, and other basic needs.

For more referrals to pantries or government programs, dial 512-392-8300. This is the Hays County Food Bank. Site is The organization works to prevent hunger in the community, and they arrange resources for people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds. They do not provide food at the location, but they do hold several public distributions at locations throughout the county.


By Jon McNamara











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