Trinity Oak’s Thumbtack Ranch, the nation’s first Purple Heart Ranch, located in Batesville, Texas, a partner of the San Antonio Food Bank for the past four years, will take the partnership into a new phase. Trinity Oaks announced that it will transition its venison processing component of its outreach program to the San Antonio Food Bank’s venison processing plant: Casa Venado. In preparation for the opening of Casa Venado, the Food Bank has been operating the Trinity Oaks processing facility for the past two years. In the past four years, Trinity Oaks has processed more than 1 million pounds of meat and provided more than 5 million meals to those in need.
“We are very proud of our successful partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank,” said Tom Snyder, founder and president of Trinity Oaks. “With Casa Venado fully operational in San Antonio, it only makes sense for us to shut down our processing efforts and send our ranch and hunting partners to Casa Venado with their venison.
“This allows our charities to better focus on our strengths and doing what we do best. It’s a great demonstration of how two great charities can work together for the good of the community.”
Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank added, “Tom and the team at Trinity Oaks did an amazing job teaching us everything there was to learn about venison processing. We are very excited to help manage their donors and continue the legacy they started many years ago with their tremendous venison program.”
Casa Venado, the San Antonio Food Bank’s venison processing facility, is located on the Food Bank’s main campus, housed in the Mays Family Culinary Center. The processing facility is state-of-the-art and will offer a full range of services to ranchers and hunters this season. With seed funding from the Dobson family and others, Casa Venado is entering its second full year of operations serving South Texas ranchers and hunters.
The Hunters for the Hungry program has been part of the San Antonio Food Bank for almost a decade and is the lifeline of Casa Venado. For information about Hunter’s for the Hungry and Casa Venado, visit www.safoodbank.org/hunters.
About the San Antonio Food Bank
The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides millions of pounds of food to more than 530 charities in Southwest Texas serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank offers numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but also help individuals and families achieve long-term food security. For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit our website at www.safoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/safoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/safoodbank.
About Trinity Oaks
In 2007, San Antonio native Tom Snyder founded Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based on the premise that active engagement in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally transformative experience. . The organization’s mission is to use hunting, fishing, and the outdoors to make a significant difference in the lives of disadvantaged children, terminally ill children, and veterans. Each year, Trinity Oaks offers at least 50 free events for those who can benefit from once-in-a-lifetime hunting or fishing experiences. For more information about Trinity Oaks, visit www.trinityoaks.org or call 210-447-0351. For more information about Thumbtack Ranch, visit https://www.trinityoaks.org/thumbtack-ranch.