Hands For Hope (H4H) Food Equity And Access

Every year, El Buen Samaritano invites you to participate in our Hands for Hope (H4H) Food Equity and Access Campaign. Our annual H4H campaign raises awareness about hunger in Central Texas and supports year-round pantry services including our flagship H4H holiday events in November and December. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, El Buen scaled our food equity and access (pantry) operations to serve four times our capacity—responding to over 30,000 pantry visits serving more than 8,000 families since March 2020. The pandemic facilitated new linkages for El Buen, giving us the opportunity to be connected to additional and diverse food systems, allowing collaboration with non-traditional partnerships, as well as diverse food sourcing groups—all which allowed us to scale up and serve thousands of families. In 2021, we served over 20,000 individuals via our drive-thru pantry, home delivery services, and H4H end of year flagship holiday events.

Our November and December flagship events have enabled food equity and access to 2,300 families by distributing:

• 1,000 Holiday Meal Kits to families on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

• 800 $60 HEB gift cards to Partner Agency families by Thanksgiving.

    • 500 Holiday Meal Kits to families registered in our services, parishioners in need from San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church and referred clients from Lone Star Circle of Care Clinic.

Registration Information

2021 Registration is now closed
El Registro Para Hands For Hope 2021 Ya Está Cerrado

Keep Up With Our Hands For Hope Page Here To Volunteer For Our Next Event In 2022

As part of our annual Hands for Hope event volunteers distribute a holiday meal kit containing a frozen turkey and sides to 1,000 families a few days before Thanksgiving day. Anyone fully vaccinated is welcome to apply to volunteer! Sign up next year and help create a memorable holiday experience for a family in need.

Traffic Control

We are using a drive thru strategy to safely distribute this year’s holiday meal kits. Volunteers in this team will navigate traffic to minimize delays and increase efficiency.

Hospitality Team

The volunteers in this Hands for Hope Hospitality team will help us create a welcoming environment for our volunteers and vendors attending the 2021 Hands for Hope event.

Preparation Teams

We will have several different teams organizing and running meal kits to the area of distribution. Holiday meal kit bags will include canned goods, fresh vegetables, pies and frozen turkeys!

Distribution Teams

We are using a drive thru style strategy to safely distribute this year’s holiday meal kits. This team will safely place the holiday meal kits in clients’ vehicles during the Hands for Hope event.

Adult Eductaion Program


Hands for hope will take place at El Buen via drive-through.


Nov 19th 2022


Volunteer registration will open in September 2022.