Capital Area Food Bank

Austin
12:38 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

City Looks for Feedback on Austin's Food Scene

Austin's food scene may be booming, but the city is looking for input on how to combat food deserts and develop urban agriculture.
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For the uninitiated, Austin food isn’t exactly orthodox. Like any big city, the culinary range is vast and eclectic – from tapas to tandoori, gourmet donuts to the ubiquitous breakfast taco.

But while Austin’s food scene may be a draw for taste buds here and abroad, it’s also a preeminent moneymaker – with an economic impact of over $4 billion, according to a study released last month. The city may savor that tax revenue, but it’s also asking citizens for ideas to improve Austin’s food culture as foodies look forward.

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Hunger
5:53 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

More Austinites Looking for Food

The United Way says the number of people asking about food banks is up by half.
KUT News

Calls to the area’s health and human services hotline asking for information about food pantries were up 55 percent over the past year, according to a report released this week by United Way for Greater Austin.

The nonprofit group says the jump represents calls from people who can’t provide food for their families that day or within the week.

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Economy
1:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Canned Goods are Great - But Food Banks Really Need Money

Food banks are able to get food at better prices than consumers.
KUT News

Canned food drives are common around the holiday season. But food banks across Texas have placed a few other things a little higher on their wish lists this year.

The Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) is made up of the state’s 20 food banks. The network says if you’re looking to help this holiday season, a financial gift will go further than an in-kind gift. That’s because food banks can work with corporations and farmers to get more for the money.

"We work with farmers to get them to donate their surplus product. And we can do that by giving them as little as ten cents per pound to help them offset the costs of getting that surplus produce out of the ground and to food banks. We have lots of corporate partnerships with big food retailers. And so we can really turn that dollar or ten dollar contribution into so much more because of the relationships that we have," Celia Cole, TFBN CEO, says.

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Thanksgiving
5:13 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Austin Students Donate Food and Coats

Hannah Katz helps to unload canned goods from O. Henry Middle School where her father Robert Katz is a Special Education teacher.
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Three-hundred students gathered at the Capital Area of Food Bank today to drop off cans of food and warm coats as part of A Day of Service.  They spent the morning unloading nonperishable food items out of portable storage sheds that had been installed on their campuses last month.

The event was organized by A Legacy of Giving, a philanthropy organization on 33 campuses in Austin.

“I think it’s important that they see that it doesn’t matter what your socio economic is, what your faith based is, that kids as kids can make a huge difference when they gather together with a common goal," said the organization's executive director Linda Brucker.

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Austin
3:12 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Austin Food Bank To Double In Size

The Capital Area Food Bank operates remote food centers, but its main distribution hub on South Congress is slated to move to a new, larger facility in 2013.
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The Capital Area Food Bank hands out the weight of a Boeing 737's worth of food every day: 70,000 pounds. That adds up to about 2 million pounds a month, and 24 million pounds a year.

“It sounds like a lot of food,” Capital Area Food Bank spokesman John Turner said. “It is.”

The problem is that the food bank’s current building at 8201 S. Congress Ave. in South Austin can only hold about 2 million pounds of food.

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