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Meating the Need!

Feeding San Antonio’s homeless community.

Meating the Need serves the needs of San Antonio’s homeless by providing high quality protein (meat) and other food staples to the St. Vincent de Paul dining facility (St. Vinnie’s) at the Prospects Courtyard at Haven for Hope. St. Vinnie’s is the primary source of food for the homeless living on the streets in downtown San Antonio. In 2015, Meating the Need delivered 11.7 tons of food. The Board of Directors cover all administrative costs so every penny donated buys food.

Our Mission

In March of 2007, two service-minded friends saw an opportunity to make a difference to those in need in San Antonio. After volunteering for years at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, we realized that the Dining Room needed a reliable source for high quality protein (frozen meats) to build the meals around. We created a 501(c)3 non-profit charity to purchase the meats and other staple items for the Dining Room through our partnership with Sysco Foods. The Dining Room moved to the Prospects Courtyard at Haven for Hope in June 2010. It feeds breakfast, lunch and dinner and totals about 1,200 meals a day.

With support of our churches, friends, business associates, and our friends at Sysco Foods, we have now been making food deliveries every other Tuesday for nine and a half years.

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Meet our Directors


Gary Ploetz, President

Gary has been a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society since 1995 and is the “crew chief,” organizing a group from St. Mark’s which serves dinner at the shelter. He owns and operates Ploetz Investigations, a private investigation firm specializing in forensic accounting.


Kelly Hudson, Secretary

Kelly is the President of LeadingEdge Personnel which was voted “The Best Place to Work in San Antonio”.


Randy Walker, Treasurer

Randy is a Certified Public Accountant and owns and operates Randy Walker & Company, CPA. Randy specializes in providing professional servies to over 75 non-profit organizations.

Glenn Cunningham, Director at Large

Glen owns and operates The Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham.


Besty Buhler, Director at Large

Besty is an Associate Pastor at Community Bible Church.


Scott Herbold, Director at Large

Scott is a consultant with C. B. Richard Ellis in the Investment Property & Institutional Group.


Rebecca Dresch, Director at Large

Rebecca is the Institutional Bid Manager for Sysco Food Service of San Antonio.


Jeff Gately, Director at Large

Jeff owns and operates The Law Offices of S. Jeffrey Gately, Attorney at Law. Jeff specializes in the formation of non-profit organizations.


David Gartley, Director at Large

David is the President of The Champion Group, a direct energy investment company.

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The food purchased from your donations includes a variety of meat and poultry, vegetables, canned goods, condiments, and drinks.

Meat and Poultry
Dry Groceries
Canned goods