Annual RHA Food Drive

History of the RHA Food Drive

During residence hall move-out in late April of 2003, a Resident Assistant at Blanco Hall set a box outside his door for residents to donate unwanted non-perishable food items that they did not want to move home. After an overwhelming response, it was discovered that the prime time to solicit food donations was at this time of the year since many campus residents have unopened non-perishable food items that they don't want to take home. The next year, a campus-wide food drive benefiting the Hays County Food Bank was coordinated and 640 pounds of food was collected. The year after that, RHA adopted the program.

Why Donate

In 2002, the State of Texas had over one million food-insecure households. This is close to 15% of all households in the state! There were 874,646 Texans who went hungry every day. The State of Texas has the second-highest number of hungry children in the nation.

2,496 Pounds of Donated Food

May 2019
  • May 2018: 2,282 pounds
  • May 2017: 2,121 pounds
  • May 2016: 3,249 pounds
  • May 2009: 2,255 pounds
  • May 2008: 1,841 pounds
  • May 2007: 2,322 pounds
  • May 2006: 1,368 pounds
  • May 2005: over 1,000 pounds
  • May 2004: 640 pounds

Donate When You Move-Out

If you have unwanted non-perishable food items once you start moving out please donate them in the RHA collection boxes located in your residence hall in May. All donations will be taken to the Hays County Food Bank.

Host a Collection Drive

Any recognized organization or group may request to host a collection drive in residence halls by submitting the attached request to the President and the Advisor of the Residence Hall Association via email at

All requests must be received thirty days prior to the start date of the collection drive. The organization will be notified by email within one week if the request is accepted. The Department of Housing Residential Life supports the Residence Hall Association’s end of the year food drive. Due to the department supporting this event, no other collections will be allowed in the halls after April 20.