Our Programs

Back to School Immunizations
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Eligibility

  • For individuals without medical insurance
  • Open to all school aged individuals

Services

  • Bring your children to receive all school immunizations

Sponsor

Basic Adult Computer, ESL and GED
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Eligibility

  • Minimum Age 18 yrs
  • Open to all those who are seeking to learn English
  • Open to all those who are seeking a GED

Services

  • Learn basic computer skills
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Class – Assist students in language acquisition through speaking, listening, reading, and writing the English Language
  • General Equivalency Diploma/Development Class – provides services to adults with limited mastery of basic educational skills; adults who do not have a secondary school diploma

Sponsor

  • RCCI
Benefits Assistance
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The San Antonio Food Bank assists clients with application and renewal assistance for various federal benefits.

Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies families who fall under the low income guidelines or based on families currently receiving federal benefits. Must reside in Guadalupe County, which falls under the auspices of The San Antonio Food Bank.

Services

  • To apply, stop by the center during our hours of operation.

Sponsor

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Community Closet
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Providing FREE gently-used clothing and shoes to community residents in need.

Type and sizes of clothing and shoes available is based on donations right now.

Limit of two (2) shopping bags per person. Individuals must sign up for clothing & shoes distribution voucher on day of event.
Community Service & Court Ordered Volunteers Accepted!

Are you are a student who needs hours as a school requirement or have been ordered by the court to volunteer rather than pay a fine? Don't put it off to the last minute! Consider calling Centro Esperanza.

Some court-ordered community service volunteers can be accepted by Centro Esperanza. We can accept most traffic and some other charges. We cannot accept anything related to theft or violence.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks in its program operations, i.e., food & pet food distributions.

To be considered for this program, contact Sulema Arrecis (512) 353-0356 to arrange a phone screening.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Follow direction and safety guidelines.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Wear casual work shoes and closed-toe shoes.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Minimum age limit 12 years old, require 12-15 year olds to be under parental or guardian supervision throughout event. Must sign a waiver of liability, if under 16 years old a parent or guardian must co-sign
  • Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and along natural terrain.

When you volunteer at Centro Esperanza, you are helping to bring hope to despaired communities!

Community Wellness Education
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Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies individuals based on their income (verbal declaration) by using a voucher provided by the SAFB and Federal Income Guidelines.
  • Must have application on file.

Services

The Community Wellness Education initiative works to promote healthy eating patterns and active life styles to promote health and prevent disease of the community, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc. We offer a variety of free classes across all ages: parents of young children, school-aged children/teens, adults, and seniors.

Classes

All San Antonio Food Bank community wellness classes are available free of charge to organizations within low-income or food insecure populations. The wellness team educates parents of young children, school-aged children/teens, adults, and older adults throughout the year. Classes focus on helping individuals adapt healthy eating patterns, increase physical activity, and preventing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc. Most wellness classes include a cooking demonstration. If you want to learn more about how to adapt your traditional foods to make them healthier or increase your physical activity, these classes are the right fit for you!

All classes are taught by highly qualified professionals:

  • Registered dietitians
  • Nutrition professionals
  • Physical activity specialists
  • Certified chefs
  • Public health professionals
  • Master gardeners

The San Antonio Food Bank Nutrition, Health and Wellness department is committed to improve the prospects that individuals in the community will have access to healthy foods and affordable food choices and engage in physically active lifestyles consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Sponsor

Daisy Cares Pet Food
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Program Guidelines

The primary purpose of this program is to prevent animal surrenders due to a family’s inability to feed their pet(s).

Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies families who fall under the low income guidelines or based on families receiving federal benefits such as TANF, WIC, CHIP, MEDICAID, SNAP (Food Stamps), or individuals who are disabled and low income by utilizing SAFB family intake form and issuing a voucher provided by the SAFB.

Services

  • To apply, stop by the center to pick up an application during our hours of operation.
  • Families may come in to receive free of charge - pet food and supplies as made available through SAFB. If you are in need of additional vital resources, please call for outsource information.

Sponsor

ESPERANZA Baby Pantry
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We are here to assist families with limited resources who find themselves in need of help in our community. Our Baby Pantry is stocked with SAFB items and in-kind donations from within the community and its neighboring communities.

We rely on donations to fund our 501 (c ) (3) organization. Whether it is disposable diapers, baby wipes, formula, or cash to keep the organization in operations, it's these donations that allow us to assist the vast number of families we reach annually. It is heartfelt that with your continued support we will be able to assist many more families in our community.

Families may come in to receive free of charge - disposable diapers, baby wipes and formula, as made available through SAFB. If you are in need of additional vital resources, please call for outsource information.
Glucose BINGO
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Eligibility

  • Open to all

Services

  • Blood Glucose Screening
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Free Bingo
  • Nutritional Education

Sponsor

  • Quality Providers Home Care
H.O.P.E. Haven Summer Youth Program
Totally Free!

Eligibility

  • The community youth between the ages of 6-16 years.

Services

  • SOCCER & RECREATION ACTIVITIES – such as arts and crafts, tournaments, board games and other activities are offered.
  • SHOW N’ TELL FRIDAY, guest speaker or demonstrator program promotes positive interaction and life- rewarding skills.
  • SMCISD FEEDING PROGRAM, FREE LUNCH will be provided to youth under 18 years of age. Adults are eligible to purchase a meal for $3.00 per plate.
  • SYNERGY Snack Pack, a food subsidization program designed to feed children whose only summer food source may be the food they are receiving at the community center. As a partnering agency of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), specific foods are attained by the center and placed into shopping mall style bags. The bags are then distributed immediately following the Show N’ Tell Friday presentation to youth who participate in the summer youth program.

Ten Week Duration, Monday – Friday Weekly

  • Week 1: June 21st, 2021 through Week 10: August 6th, 2021

Sponsor

  • RCCI
Please help us eliminate child hunger in our community by volunteering your time or by making a donation today.
Influenza/FLU Clinic
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Eligibility

  • No Medical Insurance
  • No Medicaid
  • No Medicare
  • Open to all ages

Services

  • Flu vaccinations

Sponsor

Pop-Up Market (DISASTER RELIEF)
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Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies individuals based on their income (verbal declaration) by using a voucher provided by the SAFB and Federal Income Guidelines.
  • Must have application on file.

Services

  • Pop-Up Market is a San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) program that provides large quantities of perishable and non-perishable food items (and more) to qualified individuals and families.
  • Pop-Up Market also connects individuals to other SAFB programs including Client Services (Federal Benefit Assistance) and Nutrition, Health and Wellness Education.
  • Vouchers available 3 weeks prior to event. During hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Sponsor

Volunteers must arrive by 8am
Project Mend

Eligibility

  • Screening of medical equipment prescription provided to applicant by referring physician will be performed by Project Mend Intake Specialist. Applicant will be provided with a list of the items you need to apply.

Services

  • By refurbishing used medical equipment, Project MEND helps people of all ages living with disability and life-altering illness get the right tools to overcome or better manage their disability.

Sponsor

Donations and pick-ups of equipment

  • All donations and pick-ups of equipment should be directed to our Warehouse location.

Warehouse: 1201 Austin Street, San Antonio, Texas 78208
Phone: (210) 223-7283
Fax: (210) 886-8432
Hours: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm M-F

$20 One-time service fee

$70 Delivery fee for less than 100 miles trip

Senior Farmers' Market
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Eligibility

  • Age Qualification: 60 or older
  • Senior must be a resident of Guadalupe County
  • Participants are eligible if on one or more of the following
  • TANF/AFDC
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • SSI
  • Visit Farmers Market to view income guidelines and requirements

Services

  • Seasonal Senior Farmers’ Market Program provides fresh produce to qualifying seniors.
  • Vouchers issued day of event.

Sponsor

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Eligibility

  • Aims to improve the health and nutritional well-being of elderly individuals, 60 years and older, who are vulnerable to malnutrition and are income eligible.

Services

  • The USDA provides approved USDA Food for grocery packages that are used for home consumption. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the CSFP through contracts with individual food banks and provides oversight of their operations. Local organizations distribute the food packages and provide nutrition education to more than 34,000 eligible participants through an agreement with their respected food banks.
  • CSFP distribution held at this site on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Sponsor

Utility Assistance

Eligibility

Services

  • Utility Assistance
  • By appointment only!

Sponsor